Spring is here and for many Rhode Island wildlife it means it’s time to raise their young. In May and June, sightings of deer fawns, foxes, songbird chicks, rabbits and baby squirrels become more frequent and generate worried appeals from the public to the Department’s Fish and Wildlife Division. of Environmental Management (DEM).
Often, young animals that appear abandoned or in danger are doing perfectly well and just need to be left alone and have some space. However, there are times when animals need additional help from humans and potential veterinary attention.
A virtual program scheduled for Thursday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. will provide participants with the knowledge to determine when intervention is needed to help young wildlife, as well as best practices for maintaining the safety and health of humans. and wildlife. . DEM Wildlife Outreach staff will be joined by staff from the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island (WRARI) to share information and answer questions.
“We always value the public’s interest in our wildlife, especially vulnerable young animals,” said Mary Gannon, DEM’s Wildlife Outreach Coordinator. “However, sometimes people can get too worried and get too close to small creatures who really need peace and quiet and to be left alone which can cause unnecessary stress to the animal. hope that together with WRARI, this program will help the people of Rhode Island understand when animals need help and how best to help.
To register for the program, visit: https://forms.gle/mu2EhCCxMoTjQWa68
If residents find an injured wild animal, they can always contact WRARI at 401-294-6363 for assistance. To report an animal that appears sick or is acting abnormally, contact the Law Enforcement Division of DEM at 401-222-3070.
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