For most people spring means flowers, birds, and at least a little more sunshine. Here at PAWS Wildlife Center it means "baby season." These are babies from dozens of different wildlife species; each brought to us by concerned members of the public who went out of their way to help. But rescuing an animal you think may be in danger is not always the right move.
As you go about your daily life this spring, chances are good that you'll encounter a young wild animal who you feel may be in need of help. Infant and juvenile wild animals often appear fragile or awkward, and it can be difficult to differentiate between a healthy baby who is just learning the ropes and an imperiled youngster who could use a hand. The choice of whether to intervene in the life of a young wild animal is a serious one and, although we may fear that the animal will suffer if we do not act, intervening when it is not warranted may be just as bad.
The following tips will help you make an informed decision about intervention should you encounter a wild baby this spring.
If you encounter a wild animal who appears to need assistance, please call the PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.412.4040. We will be able to answer your questions and provide guidance to help you choose the best course of action.
Above: Deer fawns are sometimes brought to rehabilitation centers when they may not have been in any danger. Remember, alone does not equal abandoned.
Above: Rabbits and hares, like this Snowshoe Hare who was raised at PAWS, are independent at a very young age. They can appear to need help, but may not.