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Keeping any wildlife is illegal unless you have the proper licenses to do so. Call Fox Valley Wildlife Center at (630) 365-3800 and a trained staff member will help you determine if the animal needs help and guide you through what to do next.
A baby animals best chance for survival is always with the parent. If you know or strongly suspect that the parent has been killed or can no longer care for the young, rehabilitation may be required.
If you find a baby animal that requires care, keep it in a warm, dark, quiet place and call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Handle the baby the least amount possible and DO NOT FEED IT. Improper care, handling, and feeding can compromise the baby's health, recovery and chances for eventual release. Wildlife at any age is severely stressed in a human's care. What we see as comfort, such as holding and cuddling, they see as a life threatening situation. This stress can have serious impact on their health and can even be fatal.
Use caution when handling sick or injured wildlife. Animals can be aggressive when injured and frightened. Some animals can also carry disease that can be transferred to humans and pets. We advise keeping spare towels, gloves, and a container inside your vehicle to better assist the transportation of sick or injured wildlife to a licensed facility.
Visit our Helpful Resources page to help you learn how to manage immediate and longer range concerns with wildlife.
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