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ORPHANED INFANT WILDLIFE
Baby Raccoon Trivia:
Raccoon babies travel with their mother for what period of time:
a) About 6 months
b) About 1 year
c) About 2 years
Correct Trivia Answer: b) About 1 year
Family groups of raccoons usually remain together for the first year.
Mistakenly, many people will pick up baby animals, usually thinking their mothers have abandoned them, or are dead, but you can bet she is around somewhere. Unless you know for certain that the mother is deceased (i.e., found dead nearby) it is often best to leave young animals alone. The animal will have its best chance for survival if it's left right where it's found.
If you find a truly orphaned animal, call your state wildlife agency. They have a list of qualified people who are licensed to care for wild baby animals. Wildlife agencies closely monitor these cases and require that the animals be released at a suitable location as soon as possible. This is done so the animals are not 'imprinted' or dependent upon humans for food and survival.
Most babies are still under the watchful eye of their parents and are mistakenly taken from them by people thinking they are going to help. Unlike human babies, wild animal babies are not constantly watched by their parents and spend large amounts of time alone. (This is especially true of mammals.) In most cases, wild animal babies should be left alone.
Here are some simple rules for dealing with the baby mammals and birds that you may encounter this spring.
Wild animals and birds are almost always protected by both state and federal laws and the fines for possessing them without proper permits can be very stiff. If you find a truly orphaned animal, call your state wildlife agency.
If you have a nuisance wildlife problem and need assistance, seek the advice of your local Critter Control Certified Wildlife Specialist. City and municipal animal control deal almost exclusively with domestic animals. Wildlife management requires specific training and a knowledge of how wild animals behave and what their habits are. There are also city ordinances to be followed and other restrictions that apply to wildlife management which the professionals at Critter Control are aware of.
Call us at 1.800.CRITTER for more information.
Specific diseases transmitted by wildlife can also be researched from our website.
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