Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release

Help Keep Wildlife Wild
(530)   432-5522

Small Mammals












Small Mammal Emergency?

1. Call (530) 432-5522

2. Do not give the animal any food or water. This may kill it.

3. Keep the box in a dark, quiet place away from people

Guidelines for the Public in Handling Sick, Injured or Orphaned Native Wildlife

We do not recommend members of the public handle wild animals, however there are times when it is the only way to get an animal the help it may need. If you must confine an injured or orphaned animal:

  • Wear gloves and protective eyewear. Heavy leather gloves are necessary for handling mammals or large birds; eyewear may be helpful with egrets and waterbirds with their long pointy beaks.

  • Wash your hands immediately before and after handling the animal.

  • Do not give the animal any food or water (except hummingbirds--see below)

  • Line an escape proof, ventilated box with unfrayed towels or a soft cloth. Place the animal in the box, cover the container with a light sheet or towel, and put it in a warm, dark, quiet place away from pets and children until you can get it to a wildlife center
    (no talking or car radios!).

  • If it is cold out or the animal is chilled, wrap a hot water bottle in a towel and place it inside the container next to the animal.

Trapped Animals

  • Open a door or window to the outside and close off any doors to other rooms.

  • Leave the animal alone in the dark and quiet, and it will probably find its way out.

  • If a bird is trapped, turn off all lights and open all windows and doors. Draw blinds on closed windows, so the bird is not attracted to the light causing it to fly into the glass.

Dead animals in roads or yards

Contact your local animal control office:
Nevada County – (530) 273-2179