Co-Existing With Our Wild Neighbors

Urban sprawl has brought humans and wild animals into close proximity, leading to a rise in human-animal conflicts as well as injuries to wild animals. People can learn to make humane choices in how to deal with raccoons in our garden shed and squirrels in our attic and learn what to do when we find an animal who appears to be injured or orphaned. Although trapping and relocating an animal may seem like the right solution, nine times out ten, it's not. Baby animals are likely to be orphaned and another animal quickly fills the vacated area anyway. Being able to tell whether an animal is injured or orphaned is not always easy. For example, it's normal to see baby birds with feathers, "fledglings," outside of their nests. They still have few days before they are strong enough to fly and their parents are still feeding them. As long as they are safe from predators, they will be fine.

>> Click here for The Fund's fact sheets on co-existing with urban wildlife.

>> Click here for a recent news article about wildlife rehabilitators.

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