Ways To Help Wildlife

Get to know your wild neighbors.  Learn what's normal behavior and what's not, so you know when to help.  For example, many fawns are accidentally kidnapped every year by well meaning people.  Deer mothers do not stay with their babies, but come back periodically to feed them.  Similarly, many fledging birds are also mistakenly "rescued" because people don't understand that this is a normal part of bird development. 

Learn ways to coexist with wildlife.  If you have a "problem" with a wild animal, please seek out humane solutions before trapping or contacting a nuisance control company. Click Here for more information.

Never try to keep a wild animal as a pet.  Although they are very cute as babies, many grow up to be destructive and aggressive.  The outcome usually ends badly for the animal and the "owner".  Often, the owner decides to let the animal go. Unfortunately, captive raised animals lack the necessary skills to survive, and this option is nothing more than a cruel death sentence.  The best solution is to place the animal with a rehabilitator as soon as possible. 

Take time to think about how your trash can harm wildlife. A few extra minutes can mean the difference between life and death for a wild animal.  Rinse glass and crush plastic containers before putting them in the trash or recycling bin.  The smell of food attracts animals, and they can get their heads stuck creating a death trap.  Cut six pack rings so they can not cause strangulation.  Never throw plastic wrap that smells of food into open trash bins because animals can accidentally ingest it leading to fatal intestinal blockages.  Make sure garbage cans are securely closed to keep wild animals out.

Always properly dispose of fishing line. 

Never throw trash on the ground and never throw any type of food out of your car window.  Animals will be attracted to it and can get hurt.

If someone you know is going to cut down a tree, check first to see if there is a nest in it or babies living inside the trunk.

Don't feed wild animals or leave pet food outside.  If you feed your pets outside, feed them in the morning and pick the food up at night.  Even if you are tolerant, your neighbors might not be.

Never use rat poison to control rodent populations.  You may kill the targeted animal, but other animals might die if they eat the dead or dying animal.

Many wildlife injuries are caused by domestic pets.  Consider keeping your cats and dogs inside or keeping them closely monitored, especially in the Spring and Summer when many animals have their babies.

Check your yard for rabbit nests before you mow.  Mother rabbits only feed their babies twice a day to avoid attracting predators.  Baby rabbits mature very quickly and will leave the nest soon.

If you find a bird nest on the ground with babies or eggs in it, tie it back to the tree by placing the nest in a small box (be sure to put drainage holes in it).  Watch and make sure the parents come back.

"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way."
 -John Muir

"Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures."
 -The Dalai Lama


"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."  
-St. Francis of Assisi



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