Is that baby really an orphan?
It's good to remember: A baby's best chance for survival is its mother.
Be aware that during the summer months, parents will often leave their offspring for periods of time to feed. This is especially true for deer and elk.
When to call us:
• if the baby is noticeably injured or starving
• if dogs, other animals, or people threaten its safety
• if the nest area is destroyed and parents are not around
Otherwise, leave the baby alone and leave the area. The mother will not return if people or pets are present. If you are still concerned, observe the baby again to see if the mother has returned. For deer fawns and elk calves, wait at least 4 hours.
Do not rescue unless you are positive the baby is orphaned.
In the case of baby birds - be aware that most fledglings spend time on the ground before they can adequately fly. The parents will feed and take care of them. Smaller baby birds that fall out of the nest can often be "re-nested" if you can reach the nest. In the case of Great-horned owlets that come from very high nests, a basket nest can be rigged up lower down in the tree and the parents will usually take care of the babies.
Wildlife Rescue 411
If you find an injured or distressed wild animal that needs assistance, take the following precautions and call Snowdon at 208-634-8050 or your nearest Fish and Game office.
If directed to leave a message, please provide a brief description of the help needed, including the animal's location and your contact information.
While you wait for assistance:
If possible, place the animal in a safe, warm (especially needed during cold days), dark place. Maintain the animal in an environment that is as stress-free as possible - This includes discouraging other people from "visiting" the bird or animal.
If the animal or bird is tangled or caught in wire or other obstruction, cover its head to lower stress.
If you cannot stay with the animal:
If it is not possible to stay with the animal, mark the location so that rescuers will readily find it. Note the location and provide clear directions on how to find the animal in need when you call for help.