Caring for Some of the Most Common Native Wildlife

Caring for Some of the Most Common Native Wildlife

Have you found a wild animal when you passed by a forest area? If you're able to catch it, bring it to the nearest rescue center and if you would like care for it, secure a permit first. Caring for native wildlife is very important, so here are some of the common native wildlife species that you can take care of:

1. Cottontail Rabbit - these rabbits give food to their young at night. At daytime, the female rabbit can't be found in the nest. In 7 days time, baby rabbits can already open their eyes and after 14-21 days, they can live alone. When the eyes of the baby rabbit is already open, you don't need to handle it all the time. Here's a fact: rabbits are better left in the wild because they don't like humans much.

2. Raccoons and Squirrels - these wild animals rescue their offspring especially when lost. They have several nests so that just in case a nest is destroyed, they can easily transfer to another nest. Don't intervene with the mother, especially the raccoon because they are rabies carriers. They are also popular for being distempered and they have roundworms which can be transmitted to humans.

3. Virginia Opossum - these are marsupials and so the young is found in the mother's belly. Sometimes, mother opossums are run down by cars but their young can still be rescued.

4. Deer - a fawn is not lost if it's just lying alone but if it is making anxious sounds, it might be an orphan. Don't get near the fawn and immediately contact the right authorities. Tell them that you like to care for it so that you will be issued a permit. Remember though that the deer is easily imprinted and this is not good for the animal.

5. Songbirds - if a young songbird falls off the nest, try to place it back. The parents of these fledglings leave their young at a young age and so they are in grave danger from predators. Once the nest is securely placed on the tree's branch, you can now watch distantly and see if the parents are still feeding it. If not, you can care for it after securing a permit. Keep your dogs and cats away from the fledglings.

6. Waterfowl - there are young geese and ducks that get lost as they follow their parents in the water. If you find a young geese or duck check the area for its family and if you can't find any, contact the necessary authorities. You can also apply for a permit so that you can care for the waterfowl.

These wild animals are just some of the most common native wildlife being found by a lot of people. There are dangers in trying to rescue such animals and so you must always be extra careful. Don't try to catch them without the rescue volunteers because you might get hurt in the process. Raccoons are rabies carriers and so don't grab them, especially if the mother is carrying a young.

Caring for native wildlife is very interesting but it is also expensive and difficult. Don't attempt to care for the animals without permits because you can be sued by the state government. Native wildlife is protected and regulated animals. Get a permit first so that you're free to bring the animal home.

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