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"If you talk to the animals
They will talk to you
and you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them,
You will not know them,
And what you do not know
You will fear.
What one fears one destroys."
- Chief Dan George

F.A.Q

I found a baby bunny!  What do I do?

- A baby bunny has little or no fur, its eyes are not yet open and it will offer an ear piercing squeal.  Using gloves pick it up gently and put it in the nest.
- A bunny with all of its fur, its eyes open and quite active may not need your help.  It’s best to leave it alone unless you find an injury or it looks malnourished.
Bunny mothers only visit to feed their young at dusk and dawn.  They have very rich milk which satisfies the young for a long period of time.  The nests are often out in the open and they do not want to attract predators.

I found a baby bird!  What do I do?

- A nestling bird is blind, covered all over (or partially) with down and has a large egg sack where its abdomen will eventually be.  It gets nourishment from the egg sac for a little more than 24 hrs.  If you find such a bird, put it gently back into its nest so the parents may continue to care for it.  If, for some reason, the nest has been blown down or otherwise destroyed, you can make a new one.  Take a plastic margarine or whipped topping bowl, drill some holes in the bottom for drainage, put in whatever nest material is found and nail the bowl to a place which is close to the original site.  The parents will hear the cries and attend to the young. 
- A fledgling bird has a little down but has some pin feathers and may have small feathers on its little wings.  Do not attempt to help this bird.  It has probably fallen from the nest in an attempt to fly.  The parents will continue to feed it on the ground for up to two weeks until it learns to fly.
- Birds have almost no sense of smell and you do not have to worry about leaving your scent on them or on the nesting material.

I found a fawn standing alone without its mother. What should I do?

The doe (mother) may leave her fawn unattended for several hours.  She somehow communicates that to the fawn, for it will stay in that area until she comes to get it.  Do no attempt to help the fawn for their legs and feet can inflict serious damage.

If we find an animal, will you come and pick it up for us?

Because we are not permitted to charge for our services, we ask that people would be kind enough to bring the sick, injured or orphaned critter to us for care.

What diseases can you get from wildlife?

          Rabies
          Salmonella
          Ringworm (skin infection)
          Anthrax
          Tularemia
The above illnesses are categorized as: Zoonotic Illnesses
Side note: The above illnesses are all treatable

If I find a baby animal, is it safe to raise it as a pet?

- It is against the law to harbor a wild animal and keep it as a pet.

I ran over a little critter with my lawnmower, what do I do?

- If you believe the critter to be severely injured, we ask that you would bring it to your local vet for emergency assistance.
- If you believe the critter to be mildly injured, we ask that you would bring the critter to us for care.

What kind of birds and mammals does your organization accept?

Black Creek Wildlife Station will accept all forms of critters with the exception of the following Rabies Vector Species:
          Skunks
          Raccoons
          Bats

Can you care for reptiles and amphibians?

Yes.  Take care in keeping them warm because reptiles and amphibians cannot thermo regulate (that means they cannot control their own body temperature).

 

 

 

 

 

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