Here is some basic, helpful information and some additional Resources about our wildlife friends. Please do your part to co-exist!”
Sound, water, lights, odors and bright moving objects can keep animals from feeling “at home” on your property. Keep a loud whistle, air horn or tin can filled with washers, bolts & small rocks handy so you can shack it or throw it to shoo animals away. . Keep in mind the animal needs to fear the method being used, or be surprised by it, thus you may have to vary the combination to keep the animals from getting used to any one deterrent.
People, with good intentions, attempt to rescue baby animals. Sadly, a lack of training in the proper care & diet, can lead to fatalities. Sometimes an animal
may not even need to be rescued! If the animal appears healthy & there in no immediate danger, the following guide may help you to re-unite the baby
with the parents.
Birds -not fully feathered should be put back in the nest or nearby in a makeshift nest, such as a box or plastic container lined with shredded tissue. The parents have no sense of smell & will not reject the baby. The parents will not feed their baby if you’re visible so observe from afar. If a parent does not return within two hours, rescue should be initiated.
Birds - fully feathered but unable to fly more than a few feet along the ground are fledglings & are usually being taught to fly & find food on their own. If adults are present, do not interfere. They will take care of the baby until he can fend for himself.
Tree Squirrels:If the squirrel is able to walk steadily & climb on his own, place him on a high branch & watch to see if a parent leads him back to the nest. If the squirrel is unable to climb, or his eyes are not yet open, follow the same procedures as for the not fully feathered baby birds.
Ground Squirrels: Since infants are rarely seen above ground, you may have caught the mother in the process of moving him. He should be rescued if he does not retrieve him within thirty minutes.
Raccoons & Skunks: People should wear gloves when handling raccoons as they can carry rabies & other diseases. Since skunks can be rabies & leptospirosis vectors, do not attempt to catch the animal yourself, call a professional.
Opossums babies can survive on their own when they are at least six inches long, not counting the tail. If you find a deceased female check the pouch for any live young. If found, wrap in a soft, ravel-free towel & transport to a wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Young opossums cannot survive long outside the pouch environment. Opossums are generally shy, will avoid people & will appear dead when extremely frightened & may also emit a foul odor to dissuade predators from eating them! If found in your yard, put your dogs in house, leave area & give the opossum time to recover. Do not immediately place the opossum in a plastic bag or garbage can! If after at least 4 hours there is no movement or signs of life, contact animals control for disposal.
Hopefully these guidelines will help you help us. If you have any questions about your rescue and you live in the Los Angeles area, please give call us – do not email!
7am-5:00 pm (PST)
Emergencies only after 5:00 pm
If you do not know if there is a wildlife rehabilitation center or sanctuary in your area, please refer to the following link.
www.wildliferehabinfo.org -(click on “Locate a Wildlife Rehabilitator” for state by state listings that provides information on the species we have covered as well as bats, turtles, raptors, foxes, fawns, reptiles and more)