You can help the young & adult wildlife in your backyard following these simple guidelines:
 Most wildlife moms do not want to be separated from their young, but they are not always at the nest due to foraging or wanting to avoid predators finding their nests. Just because you find young animals alone, Mom or Dad may be watching you nearby and caring for the nest!
 If you have just opened up your boat or cabin and have young wildlife in a nest, don’t move them—play loud music, open a path (door, window), and walk away—let Mom move the youngsters to a safer and more desirable location!
 If you find a songbird hatchling or nestling on the ground, look around for a nest first! Songbirds do not have a sense of smell but they do have a visual sense of their youngsters. If the young songbird seems healthy, please place the youngster back into the nest.
 Aren’t sure if Mom is returning to the young nest of cottontail rabbits? Place yarn in a tic-tac-toe pattern on top of the nest and flour around the nest; check the nest again in 12 hours and if it has been disturbed, Mom has been there to feed the young rabbits! She only goes to the nest at sunrise and sunset as to not lure predators to the nest. The rabbits leave the nest at approximately 15 days old, so they don’t need the nest for long!
 Does that fawn laying in the grass quietly look healthy but you haven’t seen any adult around the whole time you’ve been watching? Move away from the area and Mom will come over! Fawns laying quietly are usually fine—they are hiding from predators, including humans! Like rabbits, does do not want to lead predators to their young, so they stay near the youngster and lead the fawn away at night when it seems clear and no predators are around. If the fawn is walking around bleating/crying, then he/she may need assistance.
 Never, ever, ever feed wildlife cow’s milk—it will make them very sick as they cannot digest it like most humans can! If you have young wildlife that seems dehydrated, you may be able to give it a small amount of warm water by its mouth—but we recommend you call Animal Care first before giving ANYTHING to keep you and your wild animal safe!
 Have a lot of wild animals in your yard? Consider a brush pile that birds and mammals may hide in! Don’t forget about a water dish for everyone too! If you have feeders in your yard, keep them full—birds nest and establish a territory based on food sources. If you are going on vacation, ask a friend to help keep it full!
 Always keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe with wildlife—all animals can be dangerous whether it is their teeth or talons! Wildlife doesn’t always see us as helpful. Instead–wild animals see humans as predators and will protect themselves by running, attacking, calling out, biting— anything they can do to protect themselves.
 All native Wisconsin wildlife is protected and it is illegal to keep a wild animal in captivity without the proper permits. This includes painted turtles, raccoons, squirrels, mallard ducks, and native songbirds. If you are picking up and transporting an animal to a wildlife rehabilitator, you have 24 hours—please get that animal the help it deserves quickly and safely! We can help you find a licensed rehabilitator!
 A surprise cold snap or ice storm? Consider buying an outdoor plastic heating pad as a heat source for animals in your yard— any conservation of energy helps wildlife through those surprise, late storms.
 If you do have to hold an animal overnight before getting it to WLS or a rehabilitator, please be aware of keeping it warm and safe and not posing it for social media. These animals are scared, may be sick or injured, and just need to be kept quiet and calm so they have the best chance to heal and grow.
If any animal seems sick or injured, always call us in Animal Care at 920.391.3685 and we can find the best way to help you help wildlife! We do everything we can to help each animal that finds his/her way into our rehab program. Sometimes when a wild animal is down on the ground or cannot get away from human capture, it is a sign they are very, very sick or injured. We care about every animal that comes to the Wildlife Sanctuary and we truly appreciate that you care as well.
The more we can work with wildlife to help them heal and let them be wild, the more successful our environment will be and a better place for all of us! We always appreciate your support and thank you for all you do. We hope to see you soon at the Wildlife Sanctuary!