What should you do when you find an wild animal who you believe is displaced or injured? This is a complex subject that has no easy answers. It requires careful assessment to be sure that the situation is as you think it is. For example, in the spring, many young animals may be found and erroneously thought to be 'orphaned'. In most cases, it is likely that the parents are off searching for food or, particularly in the case of birds, the young have left the nest normally in order to set out on their own. In the latter case, they may not yet have the ability to fly well. In all these cases, the best course of action is to reduce risks to the individual by not letting domestic animals (such as cats and dogs) access to the area or by moving the individual a short distance to safety if on a road or other human-created dangerous situation.
If you are unsure as to what to do, first seek expert assistance from the list below: