Mammals

Read the descriptions below to help you determine if the animal needs help. If after reading you believe it needs rescuing, click here for instructions.

Squirrels

Call 916-965-WILD (9453)

Bats

batCall Nor Cal Bats at 530-902-1918 and/or California Native Bat Conservancy at 530-642-2731
Bats are flying mammals that eat mosquitoes, termites and other insects.

Safety first: DO NOT touch bats with your bare hands. They can be very small and can appear very docile. However, if they are picked up they will try to protect themselves by biting.

Fawns

fawnCall 530-885-0862, 530-621-4661, or contact Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue at 916-847-1471
During the first two weeks of life, fawns are often left alone by their mothers. The mother returns every few hours to nurse. Fawns who are found curled up and quiet should be left alone and checked again in four to six hours. Only if they are standing, crying and appear very weak, or are injured should they be rescued. Please be very sure the parent is not coming back before touching a fawn.

Injured or Adult Deer
Call your local animal control or fish and game. Sacramento Animal Control: 916-264-7387 (City) or 916-368-7387 (County).

Opossums

opossumCall 916-965-WILD (9453)
Baby opossums stay in their mother’s pouch for about ten weeks. When they emerge from the pouch, the tiny youngsters are often seen accompanying their mothers on nocturnal foraging expeditions. If an opossum is six to eight inches long (not including the tail), it is independent of the mother and should be left alone. Smaller opossums found wandering alone, or injured opossums should be taken to a rehabilitator.

Rabbits

rabbitCall 916-965-WILD (9453)
Rabbit nests are shallow indents or burrows in the ground. It is best to leave them alone until the babies leave at about three to four weeks after birth. Keep domestic animals away. If you accidentally disturb such a nest, cover it with dry grass. Rabbit mothers will return to the nest even if the young have been handled or if the nest has been exposed by a lawn mower. Since the mother visits her young only once or twice a day, usually at dawn and dusk, do not expect to see her. Bring these animals into a rehabilitator only if the mother is confirmed dead or missing, the infant is injured or has had contact with a dog or cat, or the nest has been completely destroyed.

Jack rabbits are born looking like miniature adults. They sit up, hold their ears erect and hop about, but do NOT eat whole foods and are dependent on mother’s milk. They may look like they’re a few weeks old but they are really just a few days old. Leave them alone unless they are sick or injured.

Raccoons

raccoonCall 916-965-WILD (9453)
These young animals are frequently left alone by their mothers for several hours at a time (normally at night). Young raccoons found by themselves are almost never orphans. If the mother has not returned by late morning and the babies are making loud noises, it can be assumed something has happened to the mother. Only if the mother is confirmed dead or missing should raccoons be brought to wildlife rehabilitator.

Safety first: DO NOT handle without heavy gloves. Even tiny raccoons can inflict painful bites and scratches.