What to do if you find an injured mammal
Unfortunately, well-meaning people with the best of intentions often “rescue” young animals when, in fact, these baby birds and mammals are perfectly fine and their parents are probably foraging for food nearby. In most cases, young wild animals should be left alone. However, when in doubt, please use the following guidelines as to how you can best determine whether a young animal needs help and, if so, what to do.
DO NOT HANDLE!
DO NOT HANDLE raccoons, fox, skunks, bats, otters, bobcats, or unknown dogs and cats. These animals are considered to be high risk RABIES carriers. Being scratched or bitten by one of these animals may require an expensive series of injections for you, and/or euthanasia and testing for the animal.
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