We would like to make everyone aware that only licensed rehabilitators can have possession of wildlife. Licensed rehabilitators have completed the required training and have been inspected and approved by Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries & the United States Wildlife and Fisheries (for avian rehabilitators). Always ask to see the persons LDWF and/or USWF license to verify. If person can not provide the proper identification then you can contact LDWF at 225-763-8584 before relinquishing any wildlife to an individual.
Wild babies should, if at all possible, be reunited with their mothers . We are only here as a last resort for these babies. Below I will address what to do if you come across a wild baby.
If you find an orphaned baby find a box or container to secure them in and place it as close as safely possible to where it was found (e.g. at the base of its nest tree, in a basket up high in a tree)). Make sure the baby is protected from the elements (rain, direct heat during summer months, heat source if weather is cold) and leave it out overnight. Check the box or container in the morning. If the baby is still there, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for help. DO NOT FEED!! If you feed the wrong milk or when they are cold (they can not process milk when cold) you will make things worse or even cause death. Provide a safe warm environment until you can reach a licensed rehabber.
If you have a raccoon nesting in your attic, shed or other structure, place a radio or put a strobe light and make the area uncomfortable. Raccoons have several nests/dens in the area and she will move her babies. Once they are all safely gone, secure the area and block any entrances.
Please feel free to download the information below for information on what to do if you find injured or orphaned wildlife.
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