What to do if you find a baby wild animal
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Ame is a Kentucky licensed wildlife rehabilitator with a graduate degree in Environmental Science. She is licensed for mammals and reptiles. We are not licensed for birds. We take in all species depending on space. We specialize in raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, fox, bobcat, and turtles.
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5/25/19 Update: We have a full house with limited space. We currently have openings for turtles, fox, bobcat and fawns.
Always feel free to call us with questions. 859-242-1037. Texting is the best way to get me. Your patience is appreciated - please remember I am working a 16 hour day and have a paying job. The phone is not always my priority.
We do not take bats. I recommend Brigette Brouillard in Louisville, Ky for bats.
Kentucky Wildlife Rehabilitation Association has a list of Kentucky licensed wildlife rehabilitators
This year Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has placed restrictions prohibiting rehabilitating Rabies Vector Species (RVS) from 25 counties in Eastern Kentucky. (301KAR 2:075) This includes my neighboring county of Bracken. This sadly means that I can not accept any RVS speices such as coyote, fox, raccoon and skunks from those counties in Eastern Kentucky.
PLAN A – Plan A is always always always try to reunite the family and verify if the baby is actually an orphan. Many “rescued” babies are actually kidnap victims. Animal babies do fall out of nests and they may appear to be alone. This does not mean they are abandoned. Their mother can and will still care for them. Monitor the baby from a distance. Do not play with the baby (yes, they are cute) or try to feed it. This will only cause further problems. Check in a couple hours to see if it is still there. Chances are the mother has come and taken the baby. All is well. Good job!
PLAN B – Plan B is for after you have monitored the baby and have not seen a mother or siblings. The baby is possibly crying and moving around without direction. The baby may be shivering and appears cold. Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. At this point the baby may need intervention. If you are able to take the baby to a rehabber you will need to carefully place it in a box with a towel or other warm bedding. Secure the box for transportation. The animal will appreciate being in a quiet dark place. Dont allow anyone to handle it and do not try to feed it. Handling a wild baby causes stress that may lead to death.
Please keep in mind that it is illegal for you to keep or treat a wild animal. If you remove a wild animal from the wild you are obligated by law to get it to a licensed rehabilitation specialist.
an injured baby.
PLAN A –If you find a baby animal who has wounds, broken bones, has been hit by a car or caught by the family pet then call a wildlife rehabber in your area. Also babies who appear emancipated or have fleas or lice need medical attention. If you can move the animal safely then transfer the baby to a box or carrier carefully. You may need to use a towel to cover the animal or slide it onto a board or piece of cardboard. If you can not move the animal safely you can call your conservation officer and request assistance. You will need to carefully place it in a box with a towel or other warm bedding. Secure the box for transportation. The animal will appreciate being in a quiet dark place. Don't allow anyone to handle it and do not try to feed it.
What to do if you have bats in your belfry or squirrels in your attic.
We are not a pest control service and cannot make house calls to remove wildlife pests. We can offer you phone support on how to deal with wildlife in a humane and friendly way!
You can use a humane no kill trap if you have an adult animal that may need medical care such as a fox with mange. Or call your local conservation officer to assist. Do not try to handle a sick adult animal. You can then safely bring the animal to us in the cage and we will get them medical attention. Do not try to handle or touch a trapped animal. Do not give food or water.
For the most part we do not offer transportation or pick up services. We simply do not have the time, money and volunteers to drive all over seven counties. During baby season we are normally feeding babies every one to two hours. We are greatly appreciative of those of you who bring us orphaned and or hurt wildlife so that we may tend to them.
We are always in need of volunteers who are able to transport animals. Let us know if you want to volunteer!