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Confirm it is truly sick or injured

The following are indications that a mammal may be sick or injured:

  • The animal is quiet, dull, the eyes may be closed, it may be thin, and it may not try to get away from you.
  • The fur may be unkempt and/or there may be obvious wounds.
  • Other abnormalities can include breathing problems, discharge from the eyes/nose, diarrhea, and lameness or inability to stand.

What type of mammal is it?

Choose the sick or injured mammal below to learn more about what to do.

Common Rabies-vector Species

Mammals - Raccoon Raccoons
Mammals - Woodchuck Woodchucks
Mammals - Skunk Skunks
Mammals - Bat Bats

Common Carnivores

Mammals - Coyote
Coyotes
Mammals - Fox
Foxes
Mammals - Bobcat
Bobcats
Mammals - Fisher
Fishers

Common Non-Carnivores

Mammals - Porcupine
Porcupines
Mammals - Opossum
Opossums
Mammals - Rabbit
Rabbits
Mammals - Squirrel
Squirrels
Mammals - Beaver
Beavers
Mammals - Deer
Deer

Cannot Identify the Mammal

Other Mammals
Other/Unable to ID

Please Note!

Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a proper state or federal permit.

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