What to do if you find a baby wild animal?

Look Twice Before You Leap to the Rescue


The best thing you can do is contact a licensed rehabilitator. They are trained to take care of wildlife.

For a list of licensed rehabilitators contact the Nature Center (410-535-5327 during business hours). Do not bring animals to the Nature Center; staff are not trained or licensed to take care of abandoned or injured wildlife.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Rehabilitator list (search Statewide as there are no local rehabilitators)

Coyote Clearinghouse


MYTH: If you touch a young animal the mother will abandon it. 
FACT: Wild animal mothers will risk their own lives to save their babies and will not reject them based on human scent alone. Most birds don’t even have a sense of smell.

Keep your cats indoors and watch dogs carefully to make sure they don't inadvertently harm wildlife.  


Baby Birds

Most baby birds do not need to be rescued.  Contact a rehabilitator before you try to rescue an animal.

What should you do with a bird out of the nest? Watch it from a distance for an hour to make sure the adult birds return to feed the chick. The parent birds are usually nearby ready to feed and protect their baby.

What if a bird builds a nest in an inconvenient place, like the barbecue grill?  The birds have built the nest in a place they consider safe, and they will abandon that nest if it is moved to a different site. Wait patiently until the birds have successfully fledged. Then you can seal up or move the grill to prevent a second nest from being built. Put up birdhouses close to the spot.

Baby Mammals

Mammal, like rabbits and squirrels, have more than one litter in a year and offspring are independent at a fairly young age. 

If its eyes are open and it is up and out and moving around, it can be on its own; remember, keep your pets, especially cats, indoors. 

If you do find a baby mammal with its eyes closed, do not rescue the babies until you are certain it is abandoned. Mammals often feed their young only a few times a day, so absence of an adult does not mean it is abandoned. Contact a rehabilitator before you try to rescue an animal.

Baby Turtles

As soon as turtles hatch they can make it on their own. They do not need our care in any way. You can release the hatchling in a stream or pond near where you found it.


If you’re worried that a fox will eat an animal you don’t rescue, remember that fox babies need to eat too!   

Some Useful Links

How to tell if baby animals are orphaned, injured, or perfectly fine: Humane Society of the US

 

Licensed Rehabilitators

LAST

FIRST

PHONE

City

Fed Permit

Species

Business Name

Handley

301-926-9453

GAITHERSBURG

Y

Bald eagle, Birds, mammals, including bats, reptiles and amphibians

Second Chance Wildlife Center

Holzman

Judith

410-740-5096

COLUMBIA

Y

Birds, mammals, excluding bats

Shoemaker

Suzanne

301-353-8947

BOYDS

Y

Birds

Owl Moon Raptor Center

Simon

Arthur

410-939-5777

BEL AIR

Y

Birds of Prey, mammals, including bats, reptiles and amphibians

Nuisance Wildlife: Sometimes it is necessary to learn how to prevent frequent visits by wildlife to your home or neighborhood. It may even become necessary to remove Nuisance Wildlife from your property. To find out about safe and legal ways to deal with these problem animals, or to locate individuals or companies who are licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage Service to handle wildlife complaints, use the list below, or call 1-877-463-6497.

LAST

FIRST

PHONE

City

Species

Albertsen

Michael

240-577-3614

CALIFORNIA

Birds, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, including bats

Allwine

Jeffrey

240-204-7897

WALDORF

Birds, mammals, including bats

Ataras

Anastasia

301-257-6330

MARLBORO

Birds, mammals, including bats, reptiles and amphibians

Baker

Daniel

410-610-3311

SAINT LEONARD

mammals, including bats, reptiles and amphibians

Collinson

Joseph

410-693-6239

TRACYS LANDING

mammals, excluding bats

Elder

M.

443-532-5500

SOLOMONS

Reptiles, Birds, mammals, including bats, reptiles and amphibians

Gray

William

301-873-9794

DEALE

mammals, excluding bats

King

William

410-610-5311

LUSBY

mammals, excluding bats

Mask

Craig

410-586-3989

PORT REPUBLIC

Birds, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, excluding bats

Miller

Charles

410-266-5400

ANNAPOLIS

Birds, mammals, including bats, reptiles and amphibians

Potter

Daniel

301-257-6330

MARLBORO

Birds, mammals, including bats, reptiles and amphibians

Wiest

David

301-979-2929

UPPER MARLBORO

Birds, mammals, including bats, reptiles and amphibians

Wilkins

Theodore

301-481-2519

MECHANICSVILLE

Birds, mammals, including bats, reptiles and amphibians


Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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