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Living in Harmony With Local Wildlife

New Jerseyans share the environment with
a wide variety of wild animal neighbors who
rarely need our help.  With a little effort we
can enjoy the presence of many and use humane
methods to deter those who are better off living
further from our homes.

Spring is the breeding season for our indigenous
wildlife and it’s important that we respect their
privacy and ability to raise their young in peace.


When human help is necessary it MUST be
provided by trained, licensed
NJ wildlife rehabilitators—it’s the law.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION:

HUMANE SOLUTIONS TO WILDLIFE ISSUES AT HOME
QUICK REFERENCE TO MAMMAL BIRTHING SEASONS

“BIOS” ON FREQUENTLY ENCOUNTERED LOCAL WILDLIFE
I FOUND A BABY BIRD, NOW WHAT?
I FOUND A BABY MAMMAL, NOW WHAT?

SO WHAT DO I DO IF I SEE A BEAR?

NJ DIVISION OF FISH & WILDLIFE CONTACT LIST

NJ POLICY ON THE RELOCATION OF WILDLIFE


HELPFUL LINKS

Listing of Licensed NJ Wildlife Rehabilitators
The Raptor Trust—detailed bird information and advice

Marine Mammal Stranding Center—dolphins, seal, etc.


Well meaning people often intervene when it’s not necessary
—and in our area most frequently come upon fawns, baby rabbits and young birds. Here are some tips to help you decide whether or not the animal needs help:




FAWNS


• Normally left alone in same spot during day
• Mother returns at dusk to feed
• Behavior continues for 3 weeks
• Fawn then becomes strong enough to travel with doe


IF YOU FIND A FAWN THAT IS CURLED UP & QUIET IT’S FINE--LEAVE IT ALONE--MOM WILL RETURN


CONTACT A REHABILITATOR IF:

• Fawn has visible injuries
• Seems cold
• Has flies on it
• Has been crying (bleating) for more than 1 hour

 


BABY RABBITS


• Mothers leave babies alone during day
• Damaged nests can be repaired
• Place babies in nest with light layer of grass to hide them
• Place 4-5 pieces string/yarn in crisscross pattern on top
LEAVE—mother will not return if observed
• Disturbance of string at dusk or dawn indicates return of mother


BABY RABBITS THAT HAVE FUR, EARS ERECT, AND ARE ABLE TO HOP ABOUT ON THEIR OWN DO NOT NEED HELP—LEAVE THEM ALONE. A BABY BUNNY THAT IS 3-4 WEEKS OLD OR FITS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND IS OLD ENOUGH TO BE ON ITS OWN. TAKE STEPS TO KEEP RESIDENT DOGS AND CATS FROM HARMING THEM.

CONTACT A REHABILITATOR IF:


•  Babies are visibly injured or have flies on them
• “String test” indicates mother has not returnedto infants

 


BABY BIRDS


• Feathered babies hopping on the ground are normal fledglings
• Fledglings are still being fed by parents
• Observe from a distance to see if parents nearby
• If bird not safe from dogs, cats, people relocate in nearby bushes or tree limb and watch from
  distance for parents
• If parents seen leave the area—fledgling is okay


CONTACT A REHABILITATOR IF:


• Bird is a naked nestling
• Bird cannot flutter wings or wings droop unevenly
• Bird is bleeding, weak or shivering
• You have watched from a distance for a considerable time and not seen evidence of parents

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575 Woodland Ave.
P.O. Box 159
Madison, NJ  07940
(973) 377-2295  

North Branch Shelter
3201 Route 22 East
P.O. Box 5281
North Branch, NJ  08876
(908) 526-3330

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575 Woodland Ave.
P.O. Box 159
Madison, NJ  07940
(973) 377-0116

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