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The FWC regional offices have
a list of wildlife rehabilitators for orphaned or injured wildlifeAn individual
can do a lot to help wildlife. Some of these are steps to avoid harming
wildlife, while other steps are more proactive. For each step, we provide
links to additional information.
Generally if you find a baby animal it is best to
leave it alone. Often the animal is not orphaned, and the parent may
be out getting food for the animal, or watching the baby. Never
pick up baby animals and remove them from their natural environment!
Additional information on orphaned
animals is available from the Wildlife Resources Handbook.
Do not feed wildlife. Feeding animals such as deer,
raccoons, or alligators may cause them to concentrate on food provided
by humans such that they become a nuisance or a threat to people.
If you have pets and feed them outdoors, don't leave their food outside.
You may attract unwanted raccoons or other animals. Oregon
State has more information as does The
Wildlife Rescue Association.
Maintain a bird feeder for resident and migrant birds.
It's a great way to learn about birds and their behavior. Plus the
birds will appreciate it! The
Wild Bird Center has information as does the National
Bird Feeding Society. Cornell University also offers a nice overview
of bird feeding.
If you have cats or dogs do not allow them to be a
nuisance to wildlife. Free ranging domestic animals, particularly
cats, will capture and harm birds, lizards, small mammals, and other
wildlife. We have more information about Domestic Cats and the "Cat
Indoors web site" provides information.
Please, do not litter! Animals can become tangled
or trapped in products such as plastic, fishing line, cans, jars and
bottles. On the beach, these products can harm sea turtles and the
Marine Conservation organizes a coastal cleanup.
Continue to be educated about wildlife in Florida.
The Wildlife Resources Handbook has information about conservation
issues and the FWC web site
has further information about wildlife viewing and about the Florida
Wildlife magazine. The Florida
Wildlife Federation and the local Audubon
Society Chapter also have more information.
You may also support wildlife financially by buying
car license plate, or adding
a dollar to your vehicle registration,
Finally you may volunteer information Report
wildlife law violations.