I Found A Baby Wild Animal… Now What? 

The first warm days, buds on the trees, and crocuses pushing up through the dirt are cause for celebration after a long Midwestern winter. While we may be opening up the windows, cleaning out the garage, or firing up the grill, many species of local wildlife herald the arrival of spring by, well, procreating. 

Baby animals are pretty much all over the place this time of year, and it’s not uncommon to see one unaccompanied by its mother. Do you know what to do if you find a baby wild animal?

Small, but Wild

Every year, baby wildlife are scooped up by well meaning citizens who are understandably concerned for their welfare. Unfortunately, in the vast majority of cases these attempts to “rescue” a baby wild animal does more harm than good.


Wildlife in the City: What to Do if You Find a Wild Animal

As cities have grown and expanded over the years, many wild species have learned not only how to survive, but also how to thrive in urban areas. From skunks to coyotes, wildlife can be found in some of the biggest cities in the country.

While this fact may be impressive, it can also be dangerous for people, pets, and even the wild species themselves. That’s why it’s important for pet owners and anyone who cares about animals to develop a better understanding of how to safely respond when you find a wild animal.

Make No Assumptions: Baby Animals

In many cases, when an animal is found, it’s a newborn or very young, like a fledgling bird or fawn. In these situations, well-intentioned rescuers will interfere too soon or without cause, which actually leads to more harm than good.