Whenever you find an injured or orphaned wild animal, call Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah (801-814-7888) or your local licensed wildlife rehabilitator to determine whether the animal actually needs help!
NEVER email or use Facebook--the very life you are trying to save counts on you calling us as SOON AS POSSIBLE--Understand that we receive 100-150 calls every day; be patient and keep trying--THANK YOU!
Some young animals may not need rescuing– please call first to determine if an animal needs to be rescued. Please don’t take a healthy animal away from it's parents.
If the animal is obviously injured or in danger, without putting your safety at risk, contain the animal in a safe location and contact a rehabilitator.
This handy flowchart for birds will help you determine whether to intervene in the case of young birds.
Rehabilitating wildlife requires state and federal permits. This is for the safety and well-being of the animals as well as caretakers.
First things first, most babies ARE NOT ABANDONED just because they are alone--it is very natural for mom to leave for long periods of time as she forages for food, but if people are disturbing the babies or are too near, she may not return causing the babies to become orphans--PLEASE, LEAVE THE BABIES ALONE!
Second, for your safety and knowledge, in the state of Utah it is illegal to interact with or take in wildlife, especially raccoons and skunks without specific licensing. Utah will not even license Wildlife Rehabbers for raccoon or skunk rehabilitation.
Raccoons can carry rabies and other transmittable diseases/parasites and with our neighbor Colorado seeing a rise in rabies, we can fully expect a rise in Utah as well should we not take proper steps to prevent its spread.
DID YOU KNOW? To "test" an animal for rabies, they must be killed first, so when you intervene in the life of a perfectly healthy baby raccoon (or skunk, or other mammal) you are opening the door for it to be killed in order to be tested--this is done for Public Safety reasons, so unless you see abnormal/erratic behavior in a wild animal, please just leave it alone and give it a chance to live a normal life.
SO, if you think you "LOVE" animals, then don't let your actions be the reason for having a healthy baby or adult killed -- when in doubt please call -- WRCNU is happy to help you determine the correct response to your animal/human interaction problems.
Please read the Colorado Health Department notice to the right (click photo) .
DID YOU KNOW? You do not have to be bitten to contract rabies from an infected animal, including domestic strays (cats/dogs) or exposed pets that are allowed out of doors--Rabies is a virus that is normally transmitted by saliva; it can be on the paws, fur, in the feces/urine, mucus membranes of the nose, eyes, etc. and may enter through a small cut, mouth, eyes, or other means.
If you've come in contact with a rabies infected animal you WILL require vaccination as the ONLY cure for this deadly disease.
Not all infected animals show signs and as previously stated, the only way to test an animal is to kill it first.
Again, for your safety and the animal's just LEAVE IT BE--THANK YOU!