If you have not already done so, call Greenwood Wildlife at (303) 823-8455 to have Greenwood’s wildlife rehabilitators determine whether the animal needs assistance, and prepare to meet you at the Center to take over care of the animal. A volunteer will give you directions to our center over the phone.
*CAUTION – If you are dealing with a rabies vector species (e.g., raccoon, fox, coyote, bat, skunk), DO NOT TOUCH THE ANIMAL.
Please be careful when handling wildlife. When in doubt, do not attempt a capture.
If capture is recommended, follow these steps:
Step 1: Find an Appropriate Container
Use a covered box or animal carrier of the appropriate size. Line it with something absorbent, like newspaper or T-shirts (please no holes or ragged or fringed edges – these are dangerous). Do not use towels as little toes and nails can get caught, causing further injury.
Step 2: Capture the Animal
First, put on a pair of gardening gloves. Then, use a sheet or T-shirt to cover the animal and gently but securely take hold of it. Keeping the animal covered minimizes its stress.
Once inside the container, make sure it is closed securely.
Step 3: NO FOOD OR WATER!
Do not offer the animal food or water (this includes Pedialyte, sugar water or any other homemade hydration formulas), and do not leave food or water in the box with the animal. Because the animal has not been medically examined, it is impossible to know the extent of its injuries. Feeding it or forcing it to drink water at this point could cause death. If the animal gets wet, it could become hypothermic.
Step 4: Transportation
1. Make sure that the box containing the animal is secure on the seat or floor of your car.
2. Keep the car warm and quiet (no radio, minimal talking) while you travel. Avoid sudden stops and sharp turns.
3. Do not let anyone, especially a child, hold the animal on his or her lap during the trip.
4. No smoking of any kind.