Whenever you find an injured or orphaned wild animal, call your local licensed wildlife rehabilitator to determine whether the animal actually needs help!
Sadly, during our move, we will not be able to help, go to the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Page for other options: https://wildlife.utah.gov/ and enter "wildlife rehabilitation" in the "search"
Some young animals may not need rescuing, 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 DWR or a licensed rehabilitator.
These handy flowcharts for baby birds, ducklings, goslings, bunnies and deer will help you determine whether to intervene, seek help or hopefully, just keep children and pets away and let them be.
Rehabilitating wildlife requires state and federal permits. This is for the safety and well-being of the animals as well as caretakers.
NOTE: If an person/agency represents themselves as "legal" and are NOT on the State's list this may be an active or in-progress wildlife violation, please call the Division of Wildlife Resources Law Enforcement 800-662-3337
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
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.
Below you will find our Public Support Message Regarding our forced relocation
You (our local media) are doing an amazing job of informing the public about what is going on and we really need this help.
1) Cathy McKitrick, Standard Examiner was the first to break the news on April 1st. Thank you so much, the timing was perfect! (For that first article, click the link below)
2) KSL Radio 102.7FM, was the next to interview WRCNU (link below)
3) ABC4 Utah: Kade Garner's Article aired 4-11-2023
4) FOX13's Emily Tencer Interviewed WRCNU yesterday and presented an amazing report (link below)
5)KUER: NPR Utah 90.1FM's Kristine Weller from our Local NPR station interviewed WRCNU and it aired on April 7th. (link below)
6)KSL News: reporter Gabrielle Shiozawa also reached out to us for this April 8th story. (link below)
7) Gephardt Daily: A very nice surprise to find this in our newsfeed today. Thank you Tim Gurrister!
Thank you for your continued support!