Article: Best To Leave Wildlife Alone (Newsday, June 1, 2012)
June is the peak season in our area for "birth of young wildlife including rabbits, birds and whitetailed deer." Many people who come upon wildlife assume it to be helpless and in need of assistance, but that's rarely the case. The recommendation is to keep your distance and leave the creature alone.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, "It's generally not a good idea to touch or help young animals found in the wild. 'Helping' may cause more harm than good as wild animal parents often shy away from their young when people are near."
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about young wildlife, visit the DEC website atwww.dec.ny.gov/animals/6956.html.
For Additional Information on how to get help for injured wildlife, visit:
- Sweetbriar Nature Center: Sweetbriar Nature Center is a private not-for-profit corporation which exists to provide natural science education services for Long Island residents of all ages and to engage in native wildlife rehabilitation services.
- Save The Animals Rescue Foundation: The STAR Foundation is a volunteer organization, dedicated to the welfare of domestic & wild animals.
- nyswrc.org/rehabbers.html A list of state-licensed wildlife rehabilitators
- DuckRescueNetwork.org Help finds home for ducks
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Help for injured abandoned animals
- Pet Ducks R Us: Based forum for duck rescues
- Farm Sanctuary: A non-profit Rescue Adoption or call (607) 583-2225