Wildlife Emergencies

If you find an injured animal:

If you find abandoned or orphaned young:

  • It is almost always in the animal's best interest to simply leave it alone
  • Most adults will leave their young for several hours during the day to hunt for food and will not return if people are present. For example: rabbits leave their babies during the day while they are out foraging
  • If you are still unsure, or if you have extreme reason to believe that the animals are actually orphaned, call one of the above resources for more information on how to proceed

What else can you do to help wildlife?

  • Pay attention: wildlife often don't want to hurt people - they would rather run away, but if cornered or threatened, they may attack in self-defence. Don't force animals into situations where they may strike!
  • Look, don't touch: most wildlife are not meant to be in contact with people, they are happier without human intervention. Also, touching wild animals could lead to harm for them, or yourself. Keep your dogs and cats on leashes when outside to prevent harm to wildlife, and harm to your pets!
  • Keep the wildlife wild: they are not meant as pets. Pets are used to being with humans and enjoy your company. Wildlife do not like human contact or companionship. Also, if wild animals become used to being around people and pets, they can lose their instinct to escape from potential predators. This puts the animal in danger of being hunted, attacked, and eaten!