Wildlife New Mexico
Logically one would expect our state wildlife agencies to expend greater efforts educating the public about wildlife care protocol, and expecting nuisance trappers to behave ethically with our wildlife. But that is unfortunately not a priority for them. That protocol becomes a priority for millions of Samaritans that come upon an injured or orphaned creature that may need their help. Or does he? How are we to know? Taking some time to learn about the sentient creatures we share our backyards with can be surprisingly interesting – and beneficial. A fawn in the grass, a few young skunks behind your
garage, a litter of raccoons in your attic, or an opossum on the side of the road with babies in her pouch; there is help to know exactly what we are supposed to do, and each specie can be quite different. The links in this article, and below, will direct you to specific information and where to find help. Injured wildlife presents another challenge. Anyone who works with urban wildlife will tell you they have never met an aggressive animal, only a scared one. But a scared animal can become defensively aggressive when she is in pain and does not know your intentions are good. As always, every effort must be made to keep people and pets away from any wild animal, but especially when they are in distress. Keep
voices and sounds to a minimum, protect yourself from harm and keep her threat level to a minimum.