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Wild animals are having babies now. Some are already getting ready to leave the nest!
One of the biggest challenges we face is keeping hospital space available for those animals who need it. To do that, we need your help in keeping healthy baby animals in the wild with their parents.
So what can you do to help?
Close any entrances that squirrels have been using to access your eaves, attic or garage. Do this now, and we mean right now, before they have babies in the next few weeks. If they're persistently checking out an area on your roof, you might want to start deterring them before they do make an access point.
If you find an uninjured juvenile or infant animal during the day. Leave it exactly where it is and call us. (injured ones should come in, no need to call). If you find a squirrel on the ground at night, bring it inside and keep it warm in a pet carrier or shoebox overnight. Call us first thing in the morning. Fox kits, raccoons, opossums, deer, etc., should be left alone outside overnight.
Do not trim trees or do controlled burns. The window for safely doing this without harming wildlife is gone. Wait until fall.
These simple steps will help newborn wildlife stay with their families, leaving space in our hospital for those who need medical help. Thank you for helping us help wildlife.
Following up on an animal you brought to us? Drop us a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the person's name who admitted it, the approximate date and the species. We'll get back to you within a few days!
Learn more about how we provide medical care in our Case Studies.
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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) in Roseville, Minn., is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization. The WRC was established in response to the increased need for medical care of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife. With a medical staff of 8, the Center is one of the largest and busiest wildlife medical centers in the nation. More than 600 volunteers care for, rehabilitate and release the wildlife that they've worked with. The WRC treats more than 9,000 wild animals every year, representing more than 185 different species.
We cannot give tours since we do not keep any animals for educational use. We do have an open house every winter, usually in February. Watch our Facebook page or register for our emails to keep up to date with WRC.
Join us at this year's Night of the Wild Ones, "Vive Les Animaux"