PAWS Magazine

Issue 36, Winter 1998

Wild Animal Do's and Don'ts

Do keep your cat inside, especially during spring and summer when baby birds are on the ground learning to fly and are very vulnerable.

Do try to put baby birds that are found on the ground back into the nest (if they have not been attacked by cats). Mother birds will not reject babies that have been handled by people.

Do grow native plants to provide natural food and cover for wildlife.

Do drive with care on dark roads. Automobile related injuries are one of the main reasons animals are admitted to the wildlife center.

Do keep injured wild animals in a warm, quiet place until they can be transported to the rehabilitation center. Do not give the animal any food or water.

Do put caps on chimneys and seal up any entrances to your house before a wild animal decides to move in.

Don’t assume that animals left unattended need your help. Many wild animal parents will leave their young alone for long periods of time.

Don’t try to solve the problem of animals nesting in attics during the spring and summer as babies may be present. Wait until early fall when the young leave the nest, then permanently repair any access holes.

Don’t use herbicides and pesticides on your lawns.

Don’t feed wild animals human or pet food.

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