What to do if you find injured wildlife (mammals or birds)
If you find injured wildlife (mammals or birds), call Bidwell Wildlife Rehab at: (530) 343-9004 and a licensed wildlife rehabber will talk you through the next steps to ensure that the animal gets the best care.
You may need to leave a message on the BWR hotline and wait for a call back. If this is the case, you can take the below steps to make the animal more comfortable.
Always use extreme caution when approaching an injured animal. They are in pain and very scared, and every precaution should be used to avoid injury to yourself and to the animal. Always use gloves when attempting to pick up an injured animal. A towel or blanket is also a good idea, in addition to gloves, to wrap around the animal.
When you have the animal secured, DO NOT attempt to feed or give it any type of food. You can offer it water, but do not offer anything else.
The animal can be secured in a pet carrier or crate, or a cardboard box with a lid. A blanket or towel in the carrier or box is a good idea, but isn't necessary.
If the animal does need to be taken to a veterinarian office, the BWR volunteer will let you know where to take the animal. Transport for the animal can also be arranged if needed.