Animals are so busy this time of year caring for their young that they don’t always see the car coming, and they can get in other kinds of danger too. So if you see an injured animal, what should you do? Should you pick up a bird that has just been hit by a car? What about a baby squirrel that is alone and appears abandoned? Should you feed them? Sometimes the answers to these questions aren’t very obvious, and in one’s impulse to help it is possible to make a situation worse for the animal, and possibly dangerous for yourself.
Find out the best ways to deal with wildlife emergencies, right here.
Fortunately, the Internet has a wealth of information to teach us how to handle such an emergency. Here are a few:
WildAgain advises on ways to prevent or humanely resolve human-wildlife conflicts as well as rehabilitates small wild native mammals from the local area for release back to the wild.
The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association is devoted to wildlife rehabilitation and contributing to the preservation of natural ecosystems.
- The Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Center provides veterinary medical care to injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife, and offer interesting Wildlife Rehabilitation Training
- For locating U.S. wildlife rehabilitators listed by state, or a link for international wildlife rehabilitation centers, click Locating a Wildlife Rehabilitator.
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council offers a recruiting brochure for people who have interest in becoming wildlife rehabilitators.
By Annie B. Bond