If You Find Wildlife in Distress
Your Safety Comes First
- Do NOT attempt to capture wildlife without first contacting a wildlife rehabilitator or the Massachusetts Environmental Police.
- Never handle wildlife with bare hands, always use gloves.
- Improper food can make an animal extremely ill and young or compromised wildlife easily aspirate fluids.
- Handling by a person causes stress to wildlife. WARM, DARK, and QUIET is the key to keeping an animal stable until they can be transported to a rehabilitator.
DO NOT FEED OR GIVE WATER.
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- Not all babies that are found need to come to a wildlife rehabilitator.
- Adult birds and animals will protect themselves and bite or scratch when approached.
- Mammals behaving in an unusual manner or out during times of the day that are not normal for the species may have rabies.
- If a baby is clearly in distress, cold, ill, or injured – place in a box with a cover that has soft material in it. Put a heating pad on low under the box. Make sure the box has a secure lid.