Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists » Rabies https://bevsvt.com Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.19 Injured and Orphaned Wildlifehttps://bevsvt.com/2015/injured-and-orphaned-wildlife/ https://bevsvt.com/2015/injured-and-orphaned-wildlife/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:14:53 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1763 If you care leave them there! If you find a young animal or bird that appears to be abandoned, do not pick it up.

If You Find a Sick or Injured Animal

For the wellbeing of all wildlife in Vermont and for your own safety, taking a wild animal into captivity is illegal. Only licensed rehabilitators may legally care for wildlife.

If you find a sick or injured animal, it is important to locate a licensed rehabilitator immediately. Licensed rehabilitators can provide care with the ultimate goal of returning the animal to the wild as quickly as possible, giving the animal the best chance of survival.

Vermont rehabilitators may legally possess and treat most common birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians with the exception of deer, moose, bear and wild turkey. Only two facilities in Vermont are authorized to accept threatened and endangered species.

Call the rehabilitator first to find out which wildlife species he or she generally accepts BEFOREyou try to capture or transport an animal for care.

Rehabilitators are usually unable to pick-up injured wildlife, but they can provide advice on the best procedures for safely collecting the animal and will offer directions to their facility.

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If You Find a Young Animal

Adult animals of many species, such as rabbits and owls, limit the number of daily visits to their young. This prevents predators from discovering the location of newborns or hatchlings.

To increase the young’s chance of survival, leave the area immediately.

Birds do not possess a strong sense of smell, and will not reject a youngster placed back in the nest. Many backyard birds frequently outgrow their nest and leave days before they can fly. The parent birds will continue to care for their young, even away from the nest, so do not attempt to pick up the fledglings.

To protect young birds, keep cats and dogs away and/or move the chick to the nearest shrub or natural cover. Then leave the area and allow the parent birds to naturally respond to the food-begging calls of their young.

Never pick up a deer.

White-tailed deer fawns use their spotted coats as camouflage and remain motionless to avoid detection from potential predators, including humans. If you see a fawn curled up at the edge of a path or field, leave the area immediately and do not return. Your presence will prevent the doe from returning to her fawn for periodic nursing.

While they may appear abandoned, they are not abandoned – the mother only returns a couple of times a day.  This is true even if the young animal appears hungry or seems to beg from you.

Wildlife rehabilitators are not authorized to accept deer fawns. Fawns removed from their natural habitat are not equipped for survival.  When deer are removed from the wild, they do not learn how to evade predators, find food, avoid humans, or find specific deer wintering grounds.


Rabies Threat

You should not touch skunks, raccoons, foxes or bats that appear in need.  Although all mammals can carry rabies, these animals are considered rabies vectors and have a higher likelihood of being positive for rabies even if they don’t appear sick.

Call the Rabies Hotline at 1-800-4-RABIES and do not attempt to touch the animal until after contacting the hotline. Do not allow children, other people or pets to come in contact with the animal.

People who handle rabies vector animals put themselves and their loved ones at risk for contracting an extremely dangerous and frequently fatal disease.


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Original Post: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department



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Wild Baby Animals Should Not Be Touchedhttps://bevsvt.com/2014/wild-baby-animals-touched/ https://bevsvt.com/2014/wild-baby-animals-touched/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 14:57:30 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1451 Media Contact:

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UNDERHILL – Nancy Carey remembers an abandoned baby raccoon she was able to save after taking precautions to avoid exposure to rabies. Those cases are rare, and her message after 24 years as a rehabilitator is: “Do Not Touch Wild Animals.”


If you see a baby animal that appears to be abandoned, contact the Vermont Rabies Hotline at 1-800-472-2437 (1-800-4-RABIES) and they will help connect you to a wildlife rehabilitator.


Sixteen of the 19 cases of rabid animals this year have been raccoons, and currently two baby raccoons are being tested for rabies at the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory.


“If you care, let us know it is there,” Carey said. “Once I am contacted and know there has been a possible exposure, it goes to a whole different level. I need to find out, was anyone licked, bitten or scratched, how was it handled, did you use bare hands, a shovel or a glove. People need to be completely honest with me – this is a very serious situation.


“They are not good pets. They are good squirrels, good raccoons, good skunks – but they do not make good pets.”


Once the signs and symptoms of rabies start to appear, there is no treatment and the disease is almost always fatal. There has never been a human case of rabies reported to the Health Department since the disease was first recorded in the state in 1963. The virus can spread through the bite of – or contact with – saliva from an infected animal. Rabies vaccine given soon after exposure is highly effective at preventing illness.


The baby raccoon Carey saved was less than one week old and suffered from a distemper disorder that made it hop and walk sideways. The animal seemed to have no chance in the wild, but was released near her home after a long recovery period. The raccoon later had babies and showed up every summer for seven consecutive years to stroll through her yard.


The Rabies Hotline is active Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The number for out-of-state callers is 802-223-8697.


For more information visit: http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/rabies/Rabies.aspx

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