Bay area wildlife rehabilitators
Trapper Guy does not rehabilitate
wildlife. We will come out and
pick up an orphaned or injured
animal for a service fee.
you would like to contact a
local rehabilitator yourself
we are compiling a list of good
Contact them first and tell
them what you have and ask what
you should do. Usually keeping
it warm and nothing else is
the best idea.
remember that they are not usually
paid and do this out of the
kindness of their hearts, usually
at their own expense. They depend
on donations to keep their operations
Beach education and rehabilitation
center. Birds, mammals, reptiles.
Located on Indian
Shores in Pinellas for past
36 yrs. Birds.
of the animals we treat are
squirrels, song birds, turtles,
tortoises, rabbits, raccoons,
opossums, armadillos, fox, deer,
bobcats, shore birds, eagles,
vultures and others. 813-681-0101
- Wildlife Haven Rehab, Inc. Servicing Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties but they will assist wherever there is wildlife in need. This site has some excellent contact numbers for drop-off spots for injured wildlife. 813-792-8511
- Sky Harbor Wildlife Rehabilitation Located in Hudson, FL in Pasco County.They accept small mammals and all birds.Contact #'s 727-857-3477 and cell 727-389-6829
- Horse Power for Kids 8005 Racetrack Rd Tampa 813-418-9039 Rehab and rescue.
Florida's Wildlife: Small Mammal Babies
A guide to help you make the best decision
concerning when and when not to assist
SMALL MAMMAL BABIES
In nature, young animals sometimes become
separated from their parents and need
help. If the mother's dead body has
been seen or the young one is obviously
injured, ill, cold, or starving - intervention
is necessary. In many cases, however,
when baby animals appear "orphaned"
they actually are being well cared for.
Over 75% of young animals that are rescued
by well intentioned people do not need
Before you make
any decision to intervene, the most
important thing to do is to patiently
observe the young animal in its surroundings
to decide if the baby actually needs
help. Make sure any cats and dogs are
confined and children are kept out of
the area. If the baby animal has its
eyes open, is fully furred and is walking
around, it probably just strayed too
far from its mother while she is foraging.
Watch from a distance for two hours
Was there a
storm with high winds? Could it have
fallen from a nest? Was there a threat
in the area that would force the mother
to flee? If the baby is cold to the
touch it has been separated from the
parents too long and needs immediate
help from a professional. Otherwise,
if the baby animal is without fur or
too young to walk with good balance,
place it in a box with non-stringy bedding
warmed in a dryer. Put the box at the
base of a tree close to where you discovered
it. Parents will reclaim babies, even
though it may take a few hours. The
mother may not miss the baby until her
milk glands feel full or she hears it
can gently handle the baby and it will
cry, attracting the mother's attention.
Human scent does NOT cause abandonment
as the old wives tale says. Abandonment
may occur if you are too close to the
baby for the mother to return and she
is kept away too long, so do what you
need to as quickly as possible.
parents are always better at caring
for them than human foster parents.
Quite simply, a wild animal's chances
of survival are greatly increased when
left in their natural environment.
Individual Species Information
Gray Squirrels: General information
General information, but must be done
at night as this species is nocturnal
the mother is found dead you can check
her pouch for naked babies. They are
attached to her nipples but can be gently
popped off with your thumb. If 7 or
more inches long, have good balance
and seem in good condition, are probably
on their own so leave them alone.
or up to 5 inches:If the nest site is
known (a shallow depression usually
lined with fur), return it to the nest,
disturbing as little as possible. The
mother will visit the nest within 12
hours. Mothers do not reclaim babies
that are not in the nest.
5 inches or larger:People (especially
children) will catch a young (3-4 week
old) rabbit that seems too small to
be on its own. Rabbits leave the nest
and become self-sufficient at a very
young age. Rabbits rarely survive captivity,
and if uninjured, should be released
Deer:Young fawns easily imprint on humans
which can be dangerous for both the
deer and humans. Humans have been attacked
and killed by former "pet"
deer encountered in the woods. Also,
deer that are "tame" lose
that wariness of man and man-made dangers,
such as roads, that protects them from
harm. Fawns must be reunited with the
mother or raised in a rehabilitation
center that can rear it correctly for
release. The mothers will leave their
young alone and feed elsewhere, so that
predators will not be attracted to the
helpless fawn. She will only come back
to nurse twice during the day. If found
lying quietly alone, leave undisturbed.
Fawns do not have a scent to avoid detection
by predators. "Kidnaped" fawns
can often be returned to their mothers
if taken back to where they were found
within 8 hours. Older fawns that receive
minor injuries may be treated and returned
immediately to the area where they were
found. They can usually locate the mother
by themselves if given the chance.
handling high risk rabies carriers such
as raccoon, skunk, fox, otter, and bats,
avoid direct contact. Use gloves, towels
or a blanket when handling. If the den
site or burrow is known, placing the
baby nearby is sufficient.
If the parent
does not return, and you decide to take
responsibility for the young animal,
it is important to get it to a licensed
wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.
They are permitted by the state Game
and Fish Department and by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service to provide
care for wildlife. Keep the animal in
a warm, dark and quiet place where it
can't move around much (such as a small
box) and don't attempt to feed it.
in mind that it is illegal to harass,
harm, or possess wildlife. Enjoy observing
wild animals in their natural surroundings,
but don't try to touch them. If you
observe someone harming or harassing
wildlife, contact your local Game and
Fish Department immediately. Your quick
actions may help save a wild life!
(A portion of
this information is taken from the Florida
Audubon Society brochure October 1993)
Trapper Guy is not a wildlife
rehabilitator nor is he affiliated
with any on the list.
you would like to be on this list and
are a state licensed rehabber please
let us know!