Many people, when least expected, may have the opportunity to help an injured wild animal. It is important to know a few steps before attempting to handle the situation yourself. I encourage you to read the following information that may better prepare you to give that animal the best chance of recovery possible.
1. Please DO NOT handle any wild animal if by doing so risks your safety, the safety of others, or the safety of the animal. Keep in mind that if you become injured that you will no longer be able to help the animal in need. When in doubt, DO NOT attempt any form of capture. Call Fragile Planet for advice.
2. Never handle large birds of prey, any rabies vector species (skunks, bats, and raccoons for NYS), deer or opossum that appear to be alert and responsive. These animal are equipped with powerful talons, teeth, legs, and claws.
3. Keep a safe distance away from the animal in question. Do what you can to protect that animal from harassment by pets or other people.