Injured Wildlife & Orphan Babies

Oftentimes, we get phone calls regarding what to do with injured or orphaned wild animals. While we appreciate and understand such concern, we also want to recommend using caution when dealing with wildlife. In the majority of cases, it is not a good idea to try to help.

Most “abandoned” fawns that are found by well-meaning individuals actually have their mothers nearby. If left alone for a few hours, the mother will come back for it. The same can be said of most animals, as it is extremely rare for a mother to abandon her offspring. Also, it is a normal defense mechanism for a young fawn to flatten itself against the ground when approached instead of running away. When they are too young to outrun predators, fawns rely on their natural camouflage. Many people pick them up at that point, thinking they are too weak to run away, when they are actually trying to hide.

Trying to raise or take care of a wild animal is not advised. First, it is illegal to have a wild animal without a special permit. Secondly, the animal would be much better off in the care of a true wildlife rescue specialist, who knows how to properly feed/care for the animal. Finally, there are many diseases that wild animals have that could endanger you or your family.

Before handling or approaching a wild animal, we strongly advise that you call someone with knowledge of wildlife. We direct such questions and concerns to Texas Parks & Wildlife and the Boerne Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation.

Texas Parks & Wildlife: (830) 896-2500 www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Boerne Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation: (830) 336-2725 (24-hour hotline) www.wildlife-rescue.org