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Wildlife Rescue

Animal Tears

By Royal J. Nadeau PhD

Last spring, our neighbor called to us from her deck. "There is a baby deer in the bushes. It's been bleating for two days and driving my dog bonkers. We haven't seen the mother around either." Then we remembered seeing a dead deer on the side of the road not far from our house and made the connection.

Our neighbor had called Animal Control who informed her that Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary was the closest place to take an orphaned fawn. We gathered up Bambi with some towels and a blanket and headed over to Frelinghuysen in Warren County. Kelly Simonetti, a licensed Wildlife Rehabilator with the NJDEP, and owner of Antler Ridge, showed us the cage where we stowed the helpless infant.

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Fawns at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary

That was our first meeting with Kelly. Little did we know that my wife and I would spend every Sunday afternoon for the rest of the summer feeding the orphaned fawns (all twenty-seven of them), and helping with many of the other animals acquired during three years of operation at Antler Ridge, a 120-acre preserved farm. The state-licensed sanctuary provides emergency care for fawns, raccoon, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and other small mammals that are sick, injured or orphaned.

Wildlife rehabilitators follow a prescribed regime for introducing rehabbed critters back into their natural environs. As Kelly puts it, she does not want these animals to "ever like these digs so much that they do not want to leave." Patients remain in captivity only until they are able to live independently in the wild. Because fear of humans is a necessary survival trait for wild animals, an elaborate time-consuming process is often required to insure that every effort is made to minimize human contact and avoid taming.

The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife has strict guidance on how and where rehabilitated animals are put back into their natural habitat. Ideally, all terrestrial animals should be released as close to the initial site of capture as possible. Normal home ranges and dispersal distances for a species should be considered to prevent unnatural spread of disease and unnatural gene flow. Release of wildlife in a location other than the site of capture exacerbates competition for limited resources at a given location and should therefore, be avoided whenever possible.

In the case of rabies vector species (raccoons, skunks, etc.), the animals must be taken back to the county where they came from in order to diminish the potential for spreading the disease. Although all wildlife rehabilitators are trained to readily recognize the symptoms of rabies, a positive diagnosis cannot be made unless the animal is euthanized and brain tissue sent out for analysis.

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Justin Smisko about to release a rehabilitated red-tailed hawk at Avian Wildlife Center

In some cases, an injury may be so persistent that it will always threaten an animal's ability to survive in the wild. Some wildlife rehabilitation centers make use of these debilitated animals in education outreach programs. Giselle Chazotte Smisko founded and runs the Avian Wildlife Center in Wantage with her husband, John, and their two sons. They take in all wild bird species but specialize in raptors and songbirds. The birds that cannot be released back into the wild become subjects for presentations to school groups and local organizations. Giselle shares with other wildlife rehabilitators the idea that making the public aware of the stress and perils that New Jersey's wildlife must endure is a vital component of their mission. The fragmentation of range and habitat forces these animals to closer human contact that would otherwise not happen. The common goal of wildlife rehabilitators is to work in concert with the public and to promote a responsible concern for living beings and the welfare of the environment.

Wildlife rehabilitators in New Jersey need to be licensed with the Department of Fish and Game under the Non-Game and Endangered Species program. Besides submission of reports and various permits, a minimum of one-year apprenticeship is required prior to being issued a license. Working with federally protected species migratory birds and federally listed endangered species requires permits issued by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Although a college degree is not required to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, a background in biology or a related field provides obvious advantages in understanding the needs of distressed wildlife, as well as their relationship to humans and the environment. Kelly Simonetti, Hope Kosch-Davison (Wild Baby Rescue) and Donna Fox (Rocky Springs Wildlife Rehabilitation Center) are registered nurses. Giselle Smisko is a veterinary technician, has a BS in Biology and served as a volunteer intern at The Raptor Trust in Basking Ridge with that organization's founder, Dr. Leonard J. Soucy. Harriet Forrester (Turtle Rescue of New Jersey) is a trained veterinary technician. But as Linda Mihatov (Wildlife Rescue) points out, "There is no classroom learning that can substitute for the hands-on experience from serving as an intern working along side a wildlife rehabber."

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Yebba, the woodchuck. Photo Courtesy of Wild Baby Rescue in Blairstown, NJ

A number of colleges and universities have recently included courses on wildlife animal care within their veterinary and wildlife management curriculums. At Wild Baby Rescue Center in Blairstown, Hope Kosch-Davison receives help during the summer from pre-vet college student volunteers who are interested in learning more about the animal husbandry requirements of wild species and what it takes to be a wildlife rehabber.

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Fox kit at Rocky Springs Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Family members all contribute their time and talents towards the effort whether it involves building cages and enclosures, feeding and caring for the animals or helping with the business end of running a wildlife rehab. And none of the rehabbers could function effectively without a corps of volunteers who show up on a scheduled basis to assist with the feeding and caring of the animals. In March and April, the rehabbers conduct training sessions for people who want to participate, and special training sessions are held throughout the busy season on a case-by-case basis. For special projects, like building or assembling cages, a team of willing folks may show up as part of their employer's community service outreach. This spring, a team from Home Depot in Newton will assemble a donated large enclosure for foxes or coyotes and a fawn pen at the Wild Baby Rescue Center in Blairstown. The Girl Scouts will provide refreshments for the volunteer workers.

None of the wildlife rehabilitation centers mentioned here receive public funds, and therefore rely heavily on monetary donations. You can donate directly from some of their Web sites. Other rehabbers tap into Internet Web sites that will contribute a portion of their advertising revenues. For example, you can help Rocky Springs Wildlife Rehabilitation Center by using MissionFish , a site that allows eBay users to donate some of their earnings to the center.

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Baby raccoon.

If you find an injured or orphaned bird or animal, call a licensed professional wildlife rehabilitator, who will be able to recognize if the animal is in distress or not. Do not feed a wild animal. Providing the wrong type of food or drink could cause serious harm.

If it is necessary to move an injured or abandoned animal, wear gloves. Put a baby in a secure box or pet carrier. Provide a heat source for warm-blooded animals (a soda bottle filled with hot water put in a sock, or a sock filled with rice and heated till warm in the microwave are good sources of heat). Keep rescued animals in a dark and quiet place away from pets and children.

Wildlife Rescue Resources

Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary
Deer, raccoons, skunks, woodchucks, squirrels. Frelinghuysen, 973-800-2420
Avian Wildlife Center
All bird species including waterfowl, raptors. Wantage, 973-702-1957
Rocky Springs Wildlife
Rehabilitation Center Small mammals, songbirds, waterfowl and raptors, snakes, coyotes, bats, turtles. Broadway, 908-835-9991
Turtle Rescue of New Jersey
Hardwick, 908-362-7747
Wild Baby Rescue
Small mammals, bats, coyotes, woodchucks. Blairstown, 908-362-9453
Wildlife Rescue
Rabbits, squirrels, small mammals. 973-948-0037
New Jersey Fish & Wildlife
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

Comments

Dejalyn Antonio
16 Jul 2014, 11:37
I have these two red eared slider turtles and they have recently gotten sick and have lost some of their claws because we travel to places for almost every weekend and aren't able to care for them as much as we did when we had gotten them a few years back. We just want a safe place for them to live and stay healthy.
Jeff Iorio
09 Jul 2014, 21:15
Hi,
I have a baby bird that appears to be in shock on my stoop. Can you help?
Thank you.
Jeff
Stephanie
03 Jul 2014, 18:36
There is a deer in our area that looks horrible. I called the police. They came and said it was pregnant. I have seen lots of deer and this one did not look pregnant. So I looked on the internet. The deer has swollen mammary glands, but it also looks skinny. Will it get better on its own?
a
03 Apr 2014, 20:19
Hurt Canadian goose on Route 80 between the exit for Route 23 and Lincoln Park (exit 53) Walking on shoulder with a broken wing. Cannot find who to call so I thought I'd post here
Heather
04 Feb 2014, 16:49
I came across a young male deer that got hit by a car & just left there suffering, in a bad spot on an on ramp to a major highway. I believe his hip or leg was broken as he couldn't stand or run. I called 911 & the cops just killed the deer I tried to save!!! They didn't try any methods of saving this poor deer at all. I sent him to death by calling the wrong #.
Is this a place that would help save animals in a case like this??? If so what is the phone # I would call for immediate help???
Mickey
06 Dec 2013, 17:09
Large seagull with broken wing at parking lot , of vitamin shop in union nj 2698 route 22 heading east. Cant fly. Didnt know who to call. Thanks
Rachel
26 Sep 2013, 07:03
I have an injured woodpecker on my balcony . He might have collided with our sliding glass door. He's dazed and not alert enough to puff and be scared. ANd right leg is splayed out along with his wings.I need any advice on how to care for it.
Wendie
06 Jun 2013, 18:10
I just found a chipmunk with a mangled front paw. I have it in a cage resting comfortably but would like to take it somewhere tomorrow that will accept it and take care of it. I can't leave it outside so an animal will eat it. Is there anywhere in Somerset county?
jennifer brennan
18 May 2013, 06:47
We have an injured crow? not sure but it is blk I think it may have a broken leg cause it keeps flapping its wing he is very alert. what can I do please help I no some may say its only a bird but I love all animals. please help. Thank you Jennifer
Evan Petriken
11 May 2013, 06:22
Just wanted to report an injured bird who can you contact to sent someone to the location. it's a gannet or an osprey that has fishing line caught on its leg and its stuck to a rock under the south west corner of that bridge.
Erin
09 May 2013, 17:02
I have 2 males an 1 female mallard ducks in my yard for 2 weeks now. Today the males started fighting. One is hurt and bleeding. I call all over and no one will help. Anyone know who in bergen county nj can help. Call animal controll they told me to wait a couple of days and call back. I dont think he has that long. The kids are crying. Help
Joe Coughlan
28 Apr 2013, 17:21
I have 2 red eared sliders that need a home. They were left on my door step two years ago and I can't find anyone to take them. I bought them a 20 gallon aquarium, basking platform, light filter etc and have been doing the best I can. I'm not in good health and taking care of an elderly parent and would really appreciate someone taking them in. I don't want to let them go for fear of there safety or possibly have them put to sleep by a vet. I really want what's best for these little creatures. I wish I was younger and healthier. Anyone or anything that anyone can do or suggest would be most appreciated. Thank you for your time.\r\n\r\nJoe
christine
29 Jan 2013, 13:03
Honball0514@aol.com
christine
29 Jan 2013, 13:01
Here is my email address regarding the Baby Deer on Route 1 in Edison, NJ
christine
29 Jan 2013, 12:37
Yes, I have seen that poor baby deer on Route 1 also.......I called a few places and no one seems to be able to help!! He/she is living alone and I can'rt image how it is surviving!! PLEASE HELP!! I drive by there everyday from work and just pray for him!!
debbie ruddy
19 Nov 2012, 12:35
Can you direct me to an agency that will come and get a deer that has been hanging around my apt.building for a week now. She has a broken front leg, but can walk.
Leslie
12 Sep 2012, 10:52
We have a baby squirrel that keeps trying to be near humans. It does not seem able to climb back up the trees on our school grounds. It looks fine but it a bit disoriented and it has been hanging around since yesterday.
Nansi
01 Sep 2012, 07:56
Help! I live in Bergen County and have fo9und 3 baby squirrels....need to find a rehabilatator.....no one is answering calls and they are none listed in Bergen Cty!
RICHARD ESPUGA
31 Aug 2012, 11:23
HI. I HAVE SEEN A BABY DEER ON A LITTLE PATCH OF GRASS SUROUNDED BY HIGHWAYS.\r\n\r\nTHIS IS THE 514/ WOODBRIDGE AVE IN EDISON NEW JERSEY OVERPASS. IT IS LIVING BY ITSELF BETWEEN THE ENTRANCE RAMP TO ROUTE ONE NORTH AND BRIDGE. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO EVEN CATCH THE BABY. I AM AFRAID IF I TRY IT WILL RUN ONTO ROUTE 1. IT'S MOTHER PROBABLY HAD THAT FATE, PLEASE HELP.
Elaine Flynn
05 Aug 2012, 19:10
There is a mommy duck with her 7 ducklings. I noticed that one of the\r\nducklings hurt its webbed foot, It\r\nlimps badly but manages to keep up.\r\nIt is almost as big as the mother. Is\r\nthere anything I can do to help?\r\n\r\nThanks
Ron Gerhold
30 Jun 2012, 10:53
Not far from my home, in Bergen County, New Jersey, is a privately owned wooded/swamp area that seems to be drying up. It appears that someone started a sub-division, but was stopped due to pollution. \r\n\r\nIn an area that still has water, lives a bunch of painted turtles, snapping turtles and frogs. (Yes, frogs in very polluted water) One snapping turtle is very large. They all live in a very shallow body of water that is maybe, 40 feet long and 15 feet wide. \r\n\r\nIs there anything a person can do to try an rescue these poor animals before the area dries up?\r\n\r\nRon Gerhold
samantha
13 Jun 2012, 17:54
I recently found a baby bat in my gutter an have no idea what to do with it. I have a feeling it may die, what should i do????????????????????????????????????
Chrissy Garcia
13 Jun 2012, 17:05
Hello I have a year old red eared slider turtle that I can no longer care for in college. I need someone to house Alfred. Please help me. I am absolutely desperate! My turtle Alfred will be homeless if someone does not take him in. Please email me. He is healthy.
Shantae Swigart
19 May 2012, 20:49
I'm grateful for sharing your recommendations here. I really respect it.
cyn constantine
01 May 2012, 11:49
I have taken care of a red earred slider for over 20 years. My husband is saying its cruel to keep her \r\nin the tank that has been her home for that period of time. I feed her every day. I'm wondering if he is correct. Is there such a thing as a safe refuge for \r\nher? I live in New Jersey, I contacted Turtleback Zoo, \r\nbut they never got back to me.\r\n\r\nI need some advice. Her tank is 90 gallons.\r\n\r\nthanks so much - cyn
Christina Jones
20 Apr 2012, 11:57
I have two Red Eared slider turtles that need a home....is anyone interested? They have just gotten too big for me to care for and I just moved into a small apartment.
denise
20 Mar 2012, 06:45
does anyone know if a red tailed hawks nest can be relocated to another area. i live in a residential area and there is a nest with two hawks and i sure young are there too. my cat got attacked by one and was injured thank goodness he survived but we have several animals in the area since it is a residential zone and im wondering if there is an organization that would come out to relocate the nest.
Nancy
17 Mar 2012, 12:20
I am looking for a rescue on 2 red ear slider turtles that my daughter has had for 1yr.She is leaving for college and I canot take of the turtles.They live in East Brunswick,NJ\r\nPlease help
kevin T
05 Jan 2012, 16:35
i was walking my dog and i found a baby bird that fell out of its nest so i got gloves and put it back in the nest right before i notice that it was a hawk so i put it back just beating the mother to it\r\n
Dee
27 Dec 2011, 07:54
Hello.\r\n\r\nThere's someone trying to give away 25 turtles in the free section of Central NJ craigslist. I can think of many ways this could go wrong. Can anyone help him?\r\n\r\nThanks.
Kim R
19 Dec 2011, 09:21
My daughter-in-law had been given two small (around 3") red eared sliders several years ago. She is now pregnant and can no longer care for them. I am looking to find a good home for them. They live in the Butler area. \r\n\r\nPlease contact me asap - I really appreciate any help! \r\n\r\nemail: klmr13@yahoo.com
Jane Kareth
15 Dec 2011, 15:45
I am replying to Jolanda Cardenales. Where do you live? I would be happy to give it a home. I have 5 red eared sliders already.
Yolanda Cardenales
12 Dec 2011, 09:31
I have a four year old turtle that I beleive is a "red ear slider turtle" she was once the size of a quater and now she is hugh bigger than my hand. She a healthy growing turtle. I've contacted my pet shop but they have made me aware that turtle are illegal in NJ. I didnt know this, And since I buy her turtle food from the same shop Im confussed. I have to find my turtle a home. I dont know what to do. I dont think she'll survive an ocean or a pond since shes never been around the fridget weather. It's really cold out here. Any advice I would appreciate it. Thank you.
carmella grant
03 Dec 2011, 13:03
I read in the local paper yesterday about a law they said slipped by, it allows hunters to use a bow an arrow to shoot deer with in 150 feet of any property in Monmouth county NJ it was 450 feet. It just as likely a child will be hit with an arrow as a deer will now. It also said if people say your allowed the hunters can come on there property and hunt I guess even if the neighbors mind. Now they also allow Bear hunting, I see dead animals lots of deer everywhere I travel. \r\n\r\nToday I was driving on 35 south in Holmdel and somehow a deer was chased into a four lane highway with a median dividing it so it was trapped it got away this time but there were cars all around it. Its a highway lined with strip malls and stores. I know there is something that can be installed on poles that detracts deer from entering highways and roads I saw it on TV. \r\nIf any of those hunters knew what it felt like to be hunted they would think twice I know what it feels like and life is hardly worth living when you are in constant fear for your life. Your heart races and it can cause physical illness and death.\r\nPleas help the deer
Virginia
25 Nov 2011, 09:09
I have been feeding a deer that had a limp for the past two weeks. He was a 9 Point buck, and I think hunters must have chased him. I saw him before the injury, he was a beautiful healthy animal. Yesterday, his front leg was hanging up, no weight, and it looks swollen. The antler on the opposite side is missing. I know when they are badly injured, they lose their antlers early, it is still November! I have been putting antibiotic in the deer food as a last resort. Is there anyone in Pa who can tranquilize him, and fix that leg? I will pay them. He will not survive the winter with that leg, and I am afraid it is infected. Please help.
Colleen Townsend
10 Nov 2011, 11:26
I am looking for information on how to start a fish recue center to help save what fish are left can you help me out please and thank you
LUCI
05 Nov 2011, 18:46
We have a group of wild turkeys that frequent our residence. I just noticed that one of the little drakes (about 3 months) now, is limping on one of her feet. I am wondering if there is anything that can be done to help her, or if this limp will go away in time. I don't want to take her out of her environment and am afraid that it that happens, the family of turkeys will reject her. I noticed that others in the group seem to keep her at a distance. I noticed that she can fly.\r\nPlease help, the winter season is fast approaching. Thank You.\r\nLuci
Heather
19 Oct 2011, 12:36
Hi. I work in a wooded area and there is a large family of racoons, some which i believe can be eventually released in the wild,as the already somewhat live there. They have been human fed, some are skittish so I think they could be assimilated to actual wildlife. However there is one in particular that never had a mother and showed up alone and has been pretty much hand fed from the start. My job wants to "relocate" them but i now they just want to euthanize them, I need help please I would be devasted if they got hurt.
Mike
10 Oct 2011, 01:26
A deer was struck by the car in front of me. The car kept going and the deer seemed alright but it was limping. I turned around and went back to see it and it was laying down and trying to get back up - but very much alert. I called the police and asked if they could send animal rescue and two officers showed up and shot it. They said thats how they do things. This deer could have survived but would have had to be sedated and taken to a Vet. Are there any phone #'s to call in new jersey at any hour of the night. (It was 2 am) And are there different #'s for different counties. If so may i have any list you may have?
Jackie
29 Sep 2011, 14:07
Hi,i have a raccoon im trying to find a safe place to take her i live in ny where it is against the law to have her she is about 5 months old and im afraid to tame to release in the wild she comes in goes out as she pleases but never wonders far and she wont climb the trees or anything. Every one i call here says the same thing she is imprinted and needs to be destroyed.\r\nPLEASE if any one can help her.
Ishani
29 Sep 2011, 06:58
Hello,\r\n\r\nI rescued a baby squirrel(Grey) right after Hurricane Irene. When I found him he was between 4-5 weeks old. Now he is 9 weeks old and healthy. In a few weeks I should let him assimilate into the wild. I do not want to let him go in my neighborhood because of traffic. I live in Englewood NJ and where is the nearest sanctuary that I can take him? \r\n\r\nThanks,\r\nIshani
Steve Smith
21 Sep 2011, 19:02
I am a truck driver,today I went to 85 fifth ave bldg. # 5 Paterson N.J. 07524, at the back of the bldg. I saw a duck with a broken wing.The supervisor told me it got it's wing broken during the storm, the other ducks flew off leaving it behind. I felt sorry for it but can't do anything for it. I am hoping maybe someone can help in some way.\r\nsincerely...\r\nFenrick Stephen Smith " Steve"
Donna Marchesani
16 Sep 2011, 06:00
Hi,\r\nthere is a turkey with an injured leg living on the grounds of abandoned houses, across from Seasons Catering Hall, 945 Kinderkamack Rd, River Edge, NJ. He looks sad and can barely walk.\r\nI also emailed Fish and Wildlife, but no one picks up phone.\r\nThanks,\r\nDonna\r\n(845) 653-2421
Liz Salerno
12 Sep 2011, 09:52
Hi my name is Elizabeth. I work for Rutgers University which is going through major construction on the Livingston Campus. In a few weeks they will be demolishing a trailer that has a network of groudhogs and cats living under it. I am very worried about them and am wondering what to do. Can you help, do you have any advice?\r\n\r\nThanks,\r\n\r\nLiz
Lucille Vanderhave
11 Sep 2011, 14:55
I live in an apartment complex in Parsippany, NJ...in the Spring of '11 a small group of Guinea Fowl made their home in and around our complex, we now only have a 'pair' residing at the complex...I am aware of the fact that they are warm weather fowl and will not survive the winter months without shelter-heat-and proper nutrition. Who can I contact regarding their traping and relocation to a safe haven where they can live safely and comfortably this winter and the rest of their lives "they are a couple and cannot be separated"...promise me this.\r\nThank you...
Jackie
28 Aug 2011, 04:15
Hi I'm hoping someone can help me find a safe no kill shelter for my turles. I was given 2 baby slidders as a gift, they are now 2 years old and getting to big for their tank, and I want them to have a better home then what i'm giving them. Is there any place I can take them that they will be well taken care of?\r\n\r\nThank you,\r\nJackie in New jersey
Donna Ridge
24 Aug 2011, 05:09
We have a pigeon that has been roosting on our gutter for a couple of weeks. It has a yellow band, but we cannot get near enough to see it. This morning it was on top or our door and looked cold.\r\n\r\nWe have not been feeding it, but it has gained weight. Do you have any suggestions or can you take it to a safe place before the fall. It has survived those terrrible storms we have had.\r\n\r\nI live in Cream Ridge NJ.
Tammy Cole
15 Aug 2011, 18:10
there is a beautiful young fox in Parsippany nj that really needs medical help for what looks like mange, which is treatable. is there anyone who could help this little fox without killing him? i see it everyday and have noticed its behavior and i do believe its mange. any ideas to help him before its to late? help please
angelo
09 Aug 2011, 21:39
found a infint squarrl needs help need number\r\n
amelia
19 Jul 2011, 16:46
i've just had a sad experience where a fallen baby robin died in my hands. i can hear a sibling chirping in the birdhouse and it has been chirping since yesterday, but i'm not 100% certain if the mother is still around. would the baby in the house be alive if the mother hasn't been around for a couple of days? if anybody can advise me whether or not the bird needs attention please email me quickly: virtualfortuneteller@yahoo.com\r\n\r\ni don't want to kidnap it if the mother is still around to care for it.
Sharon
03 Jul 2011, 10:13
There is a baby deer sitting in my backyard allo alone. The family was outthere this morning feeding, mother, father and baby. Now it's just the baby for almost two hours with no parents in site. Is this normal or did the parents abandon the baby?
Bonnie
29 Jun 2011, 07:43
I have always brought baby or injured birds to Raptor Trust in Millington, nj. they are great.
MaryAnn Wright
24 Jun 2011, 17:21
June 24 2011 8:30 pm. I got home from work and i have 6 baby ducklings swimming in my pool , no mother, they're just shivering out there. I can't believe there is no place in ocean county nj to call to rescue these poor babies, i don't know if they'll live the night without their mother. please contact me if you can help
Angela
22 Jun 2011, 18:48
Sorry this not about deer ..but I need help to find a place for a little turtle ..my son found him on the highway ..he was almost roadkill ...he was not hurt and is up and running ..but he is small and young turtle,,,I don't want to put him out there is nowhere round here he could survive ..I need someone to help me find a home for him . He is brown with orange spots. Please let me know if there i a sanctuary ..somewhere for these little creatures to go ..in South Jersey
Elena
06 Jun 2011, 06:07
I found the baby bird, American robin. The bird is injured. I don't see the injury but the bird is not standing straight, it lining on the side and if falls, it lays on the back. However, the bird is eating well, it eats blueberry and worms. Is it possible to give the bird to any rehabilitation center somewhere around New York, New Jersey or PA? Please let me know what I should do. (I donít want to leave this poor thing to die) (646)252-1274 or smusleh@si.rr.com
Barb
02 Jun 2011, 16:20
I found a baby blue jay in my yard. I don't see a nest nearby. If I leave it out there it will certainly die. Is there a place I can contact to rescue the bird? I live in central jersey. Monmouth county. Thanks for your help.
Courtnie
27 May 2011, 05:44
Hello, \r\nI've recently found a baby bird on the ground late last night. Seeing as how I was playing outside with my niece for a good hour I think that's how long the baby bird was out there. I got a shoe box and put a rag down and brought it inside. Now the thing is I can see the nest, I know exactly where it is, however I can't reach it. And after watching it for a few hours I've realized there are no other baby birds inside the nest. Nor has their been any adult birds coming by. My sister seems to think that a larger bird came and wiped out the nest. As for now the baby bird is sleeping peaceful after I gave it a little sugar water. I would really like to find a place that will take care of it, any suggestions? I live in South Jersey.
Jennifer
22 May 2011, 10:55
Hello, I've rescued wild animals and I work closely with a Vet please if you need any help or information contact my email, I am more than pleased to raise of foster these wild animals. Thank you and many blessings JenniferDAmaya@gmail.com
Alexis
13 May 2011, 13:08
I found a chipmunk in my backyard with a broken leg and I have absolutely no way to care for it. Does anyone have any suggestions? I live in Pine Hill
barbara carrino
10 May 2011, 17:48
i found 2 baby bird one is dead the other alive. they were lying down on the concrete and it looks like they fell out of the A/C unit. I need to give him to a safe place where it could get the care it needs. call 201-430-9534
Squirrel Rescue
10 Apr 2011, 02:18
I found a grey baby squirrel yesterday. Left it alone for about 4 hrs. no mom. Very healthy, fur eyes open. I called rescues no reply. I cant take care of this one. Ate small amount of apple and i dont have a dropper for the KMR i got from a local pet store. Can some one take this Animal? I live in Ringwood.\r\nChristine
kelly simonetti
16 Feb 2011, 18:24
Elaine, regarding the red squirrel, yes you can trap and release the squirrel now and it should find its nest which should be very close to your house the problem is if you dont know how it got in, it will most likely come back in..Red squirrels usually dont take up nesting in homes as much as flying squirrls do. i would suggest you find the place where its getting in first then trap and before you release now its getting warmer it should not be a problem to release.you can contact us for further help if you need it\r\nkelly simonetti, antler ridge wildlife sanctuary
ELAINE
14 Feb 2011, 09:23
THANK YOU TOM !!!
Skylands Visitor
14 Feb 2011, 07:00
Elaine, This page is one of many stories published on the New Jersey Skylands website. Some of the sanctuaries do monitor the page, but for immediate attention you should contact one of the agencies listed above.\r\nTom Drake
elaine
13 Feb 2011, 16:13
I am looking through here and most of these posts have not been answered, what exactly is this site ? Does someone actually get back to you ? I have been trying to trap a red squirrel that is in my attic for a few days now, the Have a Heart trap is set off, the peanut butter is gone, and somehow he escapes. Question is, when i do catch him/her, where should i release them? I know that all squirrels have their nests established and their stash of food, will she starve to death if i just release her anywhere ?? That would be an awful death, does anyone accept animals in this suituation??
Laura Cotter
11 Feb 2011, 06:50
This morning found injured Canadian. Leg appears broken at the elbow. This is a youngster born this year. I can tell from raising 2 chicks....long story. Need a rehabber or advice on where to take bird. Is safe in a barn stall of ours for now, with feed and water. 2/11/11
Barbara Ann Tracey
10 Jan 2011, 06:45
We left a party at the Indigo Hotel, Basking Ridge early last evening (at 9 PM) as my husband was ill. About 15 min into the trip on 206 (going towards 80 W), there was a deer sitting at the side of the road. New to the country, I thought it odd and when I mentioned it to my husband he said it probably had been injured.\r\n\r\nI didn't know who to call....what should I do if I see something like that. I hope someone smarter than I has reported this animal and it is not suffering.\r\n\r\nPlease tell me what I should have done. I'm from NYC. I never again want to leave an animal to suffer Thank you.
Carol
07 Jan 2011, 06:49
I have a 6-8month old deer in our backyard with a broken front leg.It is about the size of a large dog. It is hardly able to stand up. It has been hanging around the last few days. Now laying near a large tree sleeping. What do you suggest?
Shirley Takacs
08 Nov 2010, 07:44
I spotted a Chukar? in Blairstown Twp. this morning. It was in my yard and it fled when I took my dogs out. It went and perched on a rock on the other side of the street. I took the dogs in I went to see if it was still around. It jumped out of the brush in front of me and ran down the road and into the woods. \r\nI did get some pictures of it. I can get them to you via email.\r\nEverything I have found on it so far indicates it is a warm climate bird. Do you know if they have been introduced into this area or have a cooler climate relative that I may have seen? If I see it around whom should I contact? Thanks for your help.
Tracey
10 Oct 2010, 09:18
I found a baby bird this morning in front of the store that I manage. It seems to have two broken legs. I can't care for it because I have two cats at home and I work 60 hrs a week. Can anybody help? I also don't have a car to take it anyplace, so I need somebody that will pick it up. PLEASE HELP.
Lisa
29 Sep 2010, 08:55
Elle, I rehabilitated an injured box turtle that was struck by a car - even paid for her surgery when they removed her leg. My vet will see them (if the rescue cant take him) as I have others I've had as pets since hatchlings. Email me.
elle
20 Sep 2010, 16:38
I was given an injured box turtle. The back legs dont retract. I dont want to try to keep and rehabilitate it myself because they require time,and an environment that I cannot provide. Where can I bring him? I am trying to feed him and keep him hydrated but Im afraid if he's not in the right conditiones he'll come down w/ other things and die. Can you please take him? Please email me asap...I'll drive him to you and give you what $ I can for food and care. Thank you so much
Kris
11 Sep 2010, 14:16
My dog got to some bunnies in our yard. They have some skin lacerations. I am concerned mom will abandon them. I live in Hillsborough, Somerset county...does anyone know of a rehab in my area?
bob r
11 Sep 2010, 10:14
oops accidently had hide my e mail clicked,\r\n still need help with turtle rescue see above,\r\n thanks
bob r
11 Sep 2010, 10:10
I just found a painter with a hook in \r\nit's mouth.\r\n Where can i go or contact to have it\r\nextracted. It appears to be healthy and\r\nactive and I would like to release it as soon as possible.
Kim
01 Sep 2010, 14:38
Just saw an injured fox in the parking lot of The Arlington off Howard Blvd. Mount Arlington. Not sure what to do. 5:30 PM on Wednesday 9/1.
billie
30 Aug 2010, 13:58
I found a baby bird with broken leg think its a mud hen or willet. My cats will eat it for dinner if someone doesn't come and get it. I live in southern new jersey, who can I call?
Linda
23 Aug 2010, 13:07
i currently have four red eared slider turtles 3 r just babies but the other is about 2 years old an i am way in over my head im pregnant an due in the beginning of oct and cannot keep up with the cleaning an maintance of these turtles if somebody can help take them off my hands an can provide them with the care they need or provide me with info on where i can donate this beautiful turtles please email me asap thank you.
Irene Csuha
08 Aug 2010, 21:38
Please help. Today (8/8/10)my daughter and I were startled by what we thought was the cry of a baby bird outside our basement window, but when we went to see, it turned out to be a baby squirrel. I have no idea where it came from. I've been trying to get it to take formula for a few hours now, but it doesn't seem to want to take it. The squirrel is strong, seems in good health; pink gums/mouth, nothing seems broken, no blood anywhere. It's eyes are not yet open, but it does have fur; it's not a pinky. I can't bring it in my house, my cats and dog will go nuts. Need suggestions.
DS
24 Jul 2010, 09:35
Cathy. Look at the post from Emma. It is under urs. Call the Absecon Vet that she recommends. The toe by be necrotic (dead). Don't know why that would happen in a bird toe though. It may need to be amputated which would be kinda brutal :(. Keep us posted but call that number.
Cathy
24 Jul 2010, 09:20
can anyone help us?? i have found a young baby bird that looks like it can be a ring neck dove. It isn't that young that it can't eat by itself but its really small and can't fly yet. She has all her features. She can't stand or walk. One of her toes looks slightly darker than the others. She refuses to use her right foot at all. You can really see the pain she's in as she opens her mouth and closes it non stop as if she almost drowned or out of breath. she got to the point where she even allows humans to touch her without complains. normally she warns people by opening her wing. There aren't any bird vets in our area :( anything we can do at home for it? Or is ending her pain the right way (i really rather not kill her) ?
Emma Yulick
20 Jul 2010, 12:47
Lisa! call absecon veterinary hospital 609-646-7013. they have a wonderful person there who takes in baby birds and rehabs them; I don't remember her name (Liz?), but the receptionist will help you. I brought my baby starling rescue to her and they took the little guy cheerfully. I had been refused any help at all from local animal shelters and several south jersey "bird rescue" places.
lisa
19 Jul 2010, 19:04
hi.. i have a baby bird that fell out of his nest.. i left it outside for a while today and the mother fed it.. but i couldnt leave it out overnight.. i dont know what to do with him.. he cant fly yet.. i have three dogs.. so i cant just leave him outside during the day and hope he learns to fly soon.. any suggestions would be very helpful.. hes alert and opens his mouth for food.. adorable little guy/girl.. i live near toms river.. help please..!!
Ester Shields
17 Jul 2010, 09:36
My brother just called me and said there is a mother deer with a compound leg fracture and she is nursing two fawns. He doesn't know what to do about it, if anything can be done at all. The fawns still have their spots but are about the size of Labs. What should he do?
Jo Ann
16 Jul 2010, 07:07
There is a coyote loose in our residential neighborhood in Towaco, New Jersey. It looks unhealthy only because it's thin and has no fur on it's tail. It's been out during the day.I will try to find a santuary to rescue it in New Jersey. I don't believe in having any of the critters killed. Hopefully, someone will help it regain it's strenght and find a new home for it.
Cindy
07 Jul 2010, 14:11
There is a baby bird at 94 Marion pepe dr in lodi in a blue plastic container...it needs help...fell out of a tree and no one knows what to do...plz send help asap...the heat will kill it!!!
Cindy
02 Jul 2010, 13:39
Help!\r\n\r\nThere is a loose deer in our town (Rutherford, NJ). I know that if it's not rescued it will get hit by a car sooner or later. What can be done? The police or animal control would not do anything. Please help me!\r\nCindy
Christina
21 Jun 2010, 07:50
I live across the street and turtles and geese are always getting hurt I save them as much as I can but it is a busy street and they do get hurt. I wish there was a way we could at least get slow signs or a speed bump out there for them as it kills me to see them getting hurt all the time. If someone could help me I would really appreciate it. Thanking you in advance.
Emma Yulick
20 Jun 2010, 18:28
Hi,\r\nMy daughter and I rescued a baby starling today. He (assuming gender) was running across the road on the garden state parkway rest stop; I had to swerve to avoid him, as did the car behind me. I could not locate a nest; he for sure fell from it as he cannot fly. the little guy has some down, some skin area where feathers are developing, and some pin feathers. He's now been hydrated and is resting in a warm box. I've mixed some food for him according to a website I found dealing with wild baby starlings but he hasn't woken up yet from his nap. I think his day was really traumatic and by the time evening fell (we found him around 6pm), he just settled in for a nice sleep.\r\nHowever, as prepared as I am to feed the little fellow when he wakes up, I would prefer someone who has experience with this. We called our local animal rescue who said call the police, they'll call some other rescue. we called the police who said to call a bird sanctuary or something, who said to call yet another person, who said they couldn't help.\r\nAnybody got any info?
Donna Schultz
12 Jun 2010, 16:12
Hi, there is a very small fawn that has been sitting next to our garage door all day today. It is right next to our house despite there being many trees and bushes in the yard it should be hiding in. Have not seen the mother and don't know what to do. Need to get my car out tomorrow and don't want to scare it away for fear of the mother not being able to find it. What should I do? It looks hungry and thin but healthy. It is mouthing small plants but not eating them.
Brian
09 Jun 2010, 08:41
I have three red eared terepin turtles that are in desperate need of a home.I live in essex county and will deliver.If anyone can help,please respond.Thank you.
Johanna Rojas
05 Jun 2010, 15:33
Hi, \r\n\r\n\r\n My husband rescued a turtle that he was going to run over with his truck, it is a red-eared slider. We have temporarily have kept it until we know who to contact to bring it safely to the wildlife. Please we are in Wayne NJ. If anyone can guide as what to do we have never had a turtle before and I it doesn't want to eat.
Saravana Moorthie
10 May 2010, 14:48
My name is Saravana Moorthie. I stay in Jersey City,NJ and I have 2 beautiful Southern Painted Turtles. They are a pair, probabaly less than 1 year old and very healthy. They even come and grab food from my hand. I bought them 2 months ago but unfortunately I am in a position to give them away. \r\nI do not wish to sell the turtles, but hope to find them a wonderful home. I would want to give them to someone who loves reptiles and would care for them. I was wondering if there a repltile lover who would be willing to adopt these turtles. I am also giving away a repto filter, a 9 - 10 inch decorative tree that fits in a 40 + gallon tank, a docking pad and their food.\r\nKindly let me know if you would be comfortable to share your home with my Turtles. My number is 551 689 6149
michelle jacob
08 May 2010, 19:58
I had found a newborn bird in my yard today. I'm guessing because of the wind, it must have been blown out of a nest somewhere in the tree but i cannot see a nest. the bird was in the same place for over three hours so i had brought it inside to protect it from cold and preditors. what do i do now? it barly moves and hasn't opened eyes or mouth to eat. who do i call to rehabilitate the bird?
Rosemary Stacy
14 Apr 2010, 19:19
Dear Sir:\r\nThere are 2 beautiful Mallard ducks that have set up their nesting in front of the A&P Supermarket in Woodland Park, NJ. How do I find someone to rescue them?\r\n\r\nSincerely,\r\nRosemary Stacy\r\n973-632-9698
Mike
14 Apr 2010, 11:57
Hi,\r\n\r\nI have a den of Kit foxes that is located in my back yard in Wantage New Jersey. The other night I heard what sounded like screaming coming from the back yard. Since then I have not seen the mother fox and the kits ( 3 of them ) are just sitting outside the den.It been about three days now and Im concerned the kits are going to starve. Is it possible to have them rescued ? They are not that old but big enough to play out side of the den.
Jennie
03 Apr 2010, 14:22
there is a full grown male robin sitting on my lawn (manasquan, monmouth county) and hasn't moved in over an hour - even when i get close to him. i tried calling a sanctuary, but they are closed (after 5 on Saturday). I don't know what to do, but I am afraid for the bird as there are 2 stray cats in the neighborhood...
Kristin
08 Nov 2009, 06:28
Hi Kelly, thank you for the information about does surviving on 3 legs. I came across a doe and fawn last night and the doe had an injured front leg. \r\n\r\nYou've put mind sort at ease\r\n\r\nKristin
Mike
07 Sep 2009, 12:07
baby squirrel just fell out of tree has head injury. wont get up but is moving and breathing. who should i call and what should i do!!!!! plz help cuz this is RIGHT NOW
kelly
31 Jul 2009, 05:17
STOP FEEDING THE FAWN, they do not eat bannas and bread..that is the cause of the dirrhea and dirrhea in fwans is fatal! fawns are between 3-4 months old and they are weaned, the fawn will travel with that group and should do fine but you have to stop feeding it or it will die from the dirrhea. they have to eat their native foods in the forest..they should not eat bird seed and corn its too rich for their developing systems..if you need further advise call antler ridge at 973-800-2420
Maryann
30 Jul 2009, 16:59
There is an orphaned fawn in the neighborhood. Mother was killed. It is about 8 or 9 weeks old. It follows another mother deer (w/2 babies of her own) around and tries to nurse. Of course, the mom kicks it away. The two other fawns don't seem to mind it following them around. The fawn can eat on it's own. Squirrel corn, bird seed, apples. The neighbor has been feeding it bread and bananas.I just noticed it has diarrhea. The fawn seems healthy (other than the diarrhea) and seems alert and is not injured. I see it eat plenty of my shrubs/flowers, etc. Any advise?
kelly
09 Jul 2009, 05:13
Melissa,\r\nBelivelle has many areas for the deer she/he obviously has been born in the area and is supported by the river and vegitation. It is unfortunate thats not the best place for it but it does live there. We do not have a servce in NJ to relocate grown deer from populated areas, sorry. she has made it living in the "city" this long she is savy enough to be able to navagate the roads. Kelly Simonetti, Antler Rdige wildlife
Melissa
09 Jul 2009, 05:05
Hi I live in Belleville New Jersey which is 6 miles from NYC and there is a female deer in the river across the sreet from my house.Me and my neighbors have called animal control,aspca & the local police department but noone can help.The deer seems to have made a comfortable spot to lay down and I've seen it eat some foliage around the river but I'm concerned it will be hit by a car.I live on a very busy street that comes off the highway and someone said they seen it in the park eating at night.Who would help recue this animal to put in a safer enviroment? thank-you
Heather
08 Jun 2009, 03:56
Thank you so much Giselle for the quick response and sound advice. I will attempt to put them in the new nest today. I will keep you updated on what happens. I pray it works! Thanks again.
Giselle
07 Jun 2009, 15:29
Hi Heather:\r\n\r\n We spoke on the phone about trying the nestlings in the other box with the predator guard that the parents have moved to after the attack. The fact that they were cold and quiet may explain why the parents did not return to care for them. Now that they are livelier and calling, the parents should respond. It is always best to try to get the babies back with the parents before taking them to a rehabilitator.
Heather
07 Jun 2009, 12:41
Hi,We are in a bit a a sad situation. I went out yesterday morning to find our Bluebird nestbox disturbed and 4 out of the 6 nestlings gone. We found scratch marks up the post, so we assume it was a cat or raccoon. We watched for the Mother to return into the box. Instead she and the male went to an empty nestbox and started to rebuild. Knowing the 2 nestlings who were about 2 days old, were going to die, I brought them in. The are being kept warm on a heating pad and we have been feeding them mealworms. They are now gaping, which they were not yesterday. I am looking for someone who rehabs songbirds. I would try to do it myself, however I feel a professional should instead. We are also leaving within 2 weeks for vacation. I am in Flemington, New Jersey in Hunterdon Co. If anyone knows someone please contact me. Thanks in advance.
Giselle
01 Jun 2009, 08:20
Karen:\r\n\r\nHave you phoned a wildlife rehabilitator about the fawn? You can contact Antler Ridge or one of the other ones listed for deer on the state's website.\r\nIt is always wise to be cautious about handling an animal and risking exposure to rabies. However, It sounds as though the fox may have been just acting as a normal predator would. \r\n\r\n\r\n
Karen
31 May 2009, 22:42
I was awakened tonight by a screeching and bleating. When I ran outside I saw a fox was trying to drag a fawn up the driveway. The fox ran and I took the fawn into the garage. She was bleeding by the neck and ear. I stopped the bleeding and she is now resting comfortably. I did not see a mother near by although there was an adult doe in the area earlier. I am assuming the fox is rabid and if it bit the deer the fawn has been exposed. I am afraid if I let her back out she will be attacked again. She seems very young and a little unsure on her legs. Can you help me?
Giselle
22 Apr 2009, 10:02
For anyone experiencing a bird repeatedly tapping on your window: \r\n\r\n It is the start of nesting season for many of the birds that nest in people's yards. Cardinals, robins, and other species that see their reflection in your window mistake it for an intruder and are trying to chase away their own reflection. They are not trying to get into your home. Some things to try to prevent this include turning on a light next to the window or putting something that moves outside the window (a banner or ribbons). \r\n\r\nIf you have questions about wild birds you are welcome to contact us.\r\n\r\nAvian Wildlife Center, a N.J. Nonprofit Corporation\r\n(973)702-1957\r\navianwildlife@embarqmail.com
Kelly
16 Apr 2009, 05:41
Maryann, \r\nyes your other animals can get mange, the best thing to do is to trap the fox in a hava-a-hart trap and bring it to a local rehaber. they will be able to evulate and treat the amimal and relocate it out of a residental area. Kelly@Antler Ridge Wildlfie
Kelly
16 Apr 2009, 05:33
Cheri\r\nshe might be setting up a nest. Do the turkeys come through your yard? she might feel your yard is safe. they usually lay their eggs in mulch piles. if there was not ample food in your yard she would move on..best not to feed her becaseu she will not leave and will bring in the rest of the flock to your yard and they can be very terratorial. you can call antler ridge direct if you need additional informaiton. Kelly
Maryann
15 Apr 2009, 17:22
I recently have a red fox hanging around my house. It appears to have mange. I believe it sleeps in a dog house on my front porch (for my cats during the summer time). A) Can my cats catch this mange and B) who in Morris County will actually take the time and caring to try to catch the fox and treat it? I can only assume where there is one fox there are others and gee I would really hate to see more foxes develop the same (especially with baby season approaching). If I call animal control - they will simply kill it (they kill everything). I realize that this fox could be very sick especially if the mange is so bad that it affects it's immune system and then internal organs. Looking for some sound advise. Thank you, Maryann
cheri
15 Apr 2009, 15:45
I'm new to this page..but I have a wild hen turkey in my yard..she has been here for over a week and I'm worried that she won't be able to get back to her flock...I live in a small town but the outskirts are where I think she came from...She doesn't belong here but the animal control, aspca, and any other animal group can't help me...She is about 20 pounds and has decided to roost on my garage, and spends most of her time in my yard...about an acre...I don't think she is getting the best diet here and am wondering if I should get her some turkey scratch...I don't know what to do with her...I don't mind her here...but I can see that she wants to be in the wild...\r\nany suggestions?
kelly
14 Apr 2009, 05:09
Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary would like to remind residents that we are about to enter the season when our abundant wildlife will be having their young. A reminder all wildlife in NJ is protected by law and it is illegal to keep and raise wildlife. \r\n \r\nPlease do not disturb, handle or try to feed young wildlife, Wild mothers do not stay with their young, but hide some distance away. This instinctive survival behavior is necessary so that no attention is drawn to the helpless young in their nests. No human can offer better care to young wildlife than their natural mothers. \r\n \r\nPlease allow them to do so, if you have any questions or concerns please call Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary or visit them on the web for specific information regarding baby wildlife. \r\n \r\nThank you \r\nKelly Simonetti, Director\r\nwww.antler-ridge.com\r\n973-800-2420\r\nSaving Lives, Preserving Wildlife, Enriching the Environment\r\n
kelly
14 Apr 2009, 05:01
Ben,\r\nIt is very difficult to rehabilitate a grown deer, they do not do well with anesthesia and usually die from the stress of human intervention. they can survive with three legs and since we have had a mild winter there is plenty food for them. the best thing to do is to let it be and it will compensate for the for the injuried leg. Kelly
Ben
03 Apr 2009, 14:17
An injured deer is in our back yard in scotch plains, nj. I believe it has a sprained or broken leg. The local authorities won't do anything. They will only kill it. Please help!
Chris
03 Apr 2009, 06:41
Ooops! My email is stanhopemom@aol.com or cferraro@stanhopeschools.org.
Chris
03 Apr 2009, 06:39
I am hoping someone can outreach and help a deer in trouble in our town. For the past few days, a deer has been located between our elementary and high school. It has a bowl stuck on its head which obviously impedes its eating and drinking. Local authorities have turned us away and will not helpl Please contact me if you know of where else I can reach for help. Time is of the essence.

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