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This page was last modified on Sunday November 18, 2012

Protecting Wildlife

Spring is time of renewal from the long cold winter. It is a magical time of year when the garden comes back from the dried brown twigs of winter and bursts into color and fragrance. This is also time of birth for many animals both domestic and wild. According the Humane Society of the United States more foals are born between April 15 and May 15 than any other time of year.

Baby animals are at risk from predators because, due to their immaturity, they are easy prey. You can help the wildlife in your own backyard mature into adulthood by using common sense. Keep a close eye on your cats and dogs during springtime. Don't let your pet wander off alone in areas where there might be a nest of baby rabbits or newborn fawns. Your sweet pet may maim or even kill a small helpless wild baby. Make sure your birdfeeder is out in the open and high enough so a cat cannot jump up and grab a baby bird that is preoccupied with eating.

Tall grass is favorite hiding spot for fawns. Before mowing an open grassy field it is a good idea to walk the field first looking fawns that may be bedded down waiting for mom to return. Many fawns are killed every spring by mowers. If you come across a fawn lying in a grassy area DO NOT touch it. LEAVE IT ALONE. A mother deer will leave her fawn in spot she thinks is safe for several hours. The fawn will not move from that spot, no matter what, until the mother deer returns. The fawn's only defense is camouflage. If you are concerned watch the fawn from a distance to insure that the mother returns. However, she certainly will not come to reclaim her baby with you standing there, and you will cause the mother a great deal of anxiety if she finds you around her baby. Often when we interfere with nature thinking that we are being helpful we do more harm than good. If the mother does not return for her baby call a Wildlife Rehabilitator for advise. The Humane Society of Wayne County provides care for domestic pets only and does not handle wildlife.

Wildlife Rehabilitators are dedicated volunteers who are highly trained to care for injured and abandoned wildlife. Therefore, if you find an injured or abandoned wild animal call a Wildlife Rehabilitator. You can find a Wildlife Rehabilitator in your area by calling your veterinarian's office or the Humane Society of Wayne County at 315/946-3389.

As with most things, might be a good idea to get the name of a Wild Rehabilitator and introduce yourself before you really need one. Happy Spring!