An animal on its own is not necessarily orphaned, stranded or abandoned.
Many mothers leave their babies while they go out to find food. If after a few hours the mother has not returned – the animal may be an orphan. Be sure to wait to see if the mother comes back before removing the babies.
If you find a baby bird on the ground put it back into the nest.
If there are no injuries, place the baby bird back in the nest. Mother birds do NOT reject their babies who have been in contact with people.
Don’t live trap an animal and move it to another location.
Wildlife that come in contact with humans are most likely seeking food or shelter. Do not provide food or shelter if you don’t want to end up sharing your living space. Live trapping and relocating an animal is not a long-term solution if you don’t take the proper steps to eliminate access to nesting sites and food sources. Wild animals are territorial and relocating them will create problems at the new location. Animals should be encouraged to leave on their own with minimal disturbance to avoid unnecessary stress and suffering.
A common misconception: An animal with mange has rabies.
Rabies is often confused with mange. This is a condition mainly seen in foxes. Secondary infections cause open sores that often lead to blindness. In the end, the animal suffers a prolonged, horrible death, often from starvation. These animals should be live trapped and sent to a rehabilitation center.
Wildlife can linger around homes because they offer food or shelter.
Trash bins or pet food left outside are easy food sources for wildlife. If an animal has moved in to a space on the outside of your home, they will move on themselves. Wildlife mothers often seek out dry places to raise their babies for the first few weeks after giving birth. Keep all trash/recycling confined and away from areas accessible by wildlife.
Never try to treat a wild animal yourself.
Contact a local wildlife rehabilitation for assistance.
Don’t feed wildlife.
You are not doing the animal a favor by feeding it. You may harm the animals, put your own personal pets at risk, and minimize their natural fear of humans.