"In the end we will conserve only what we love.
We love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught."
Here at Moose Mountain R & R, the lesser loved, the nuisance animals as they're sometimes called,
the raccoons, squirrels, and coyotes, have just as much importance and right to life as the
seemingly favourites of the general population, the deer and the birds. In the news, the famous
ones, the polar bears, the wolves, the seals, the eagles, just to mention a few all receive worldwide
help ,recognition and fame and rightly so but we focus on the" Lesser Loved"the ones within our
habitat and believe they deserve the right to life, to co-exist along side us as their habit dwindles,
every bit as important in our eyes, the little ones. I have a deep awe and respect for all wildlife,
mother nature is not kind, everyday a struggle to eat, they are just trying to survive. Just think
about it for a minute, in their quest for safety and food even through winter temps of -40 with
wind-chills beyond that, I have nothing but Awe and Respect for these animals and I hope to be
able to educate others in ways to co-exist with our wildlife so we are not making their survival more
We as other Wildlife Rehabilitators are non-profit, we provide all care needed for the
animals that come in until they are able to return to the wild, we work out of our own
pockets, no govt. funding is provided and so we rely on the generosity of the public and
the proceeds from sales of my artwork, Wildlife by Wink.
Is the baby really an orphan?
Each year (especially in the Spring), many people call us who have found a baby bird or mammal. People usually
think the animal needs their help and want to bring it in. These well meaning individuals usually assume the babies
Most babies are still under the watchful eye of their parents and are taken from them by people only trying to
help. Fawns are born scentless for the 1st couple weeks and the doe returns every 3-4 hrs to feed it, until it is
strong enough to keep up with it's mother in her constant forage for food. Unlike human babies, wild babies are
not constantly watched by their parents and spend large amounts of time alone. (This is especially true of
In most cases, wild animal babies should be left alone. Monitor the situation from a distance , with binoculars to
ensure the baby's safety from predators, watch to see if the parents return, they won't return if your close and
they sense your presence. If the baby is still in the same spot after 24 hrs, call a Wildlife Rehab Center or if baby
is crying, dehydrated,or has obvious injury, if you are in doubt, then call a wildlife rehabber, they will be able to
direct you as to what to do.
IS THE BABY REALLY AN ORPHAN?
DO: Place the animal in a secure cardboard box with small holes placed in the side or lid. The box should be
just big enough for the animal to stand and turn around, to prevent the animal from thrashing around and hurting
itself. Place paper towels or a soft cloth on the bottom of the box.
DO: Keep the box in a warm, quiet, dark place, away from family pets. Many times wild animals are in shock and
at the very least scared. The best thing to do is to keep them warm and quiet until they get help.
Place a folded towel in between the heating pad and the box. Small creatures that cannot move need to be
checked to see that they do not get too hot. Call a rehabber for guidance if you're not sure this is necessary.
DO: Try to get an animal help as soon as possible. Some birds need to eat every 1/2 hour. If you cannot get an
animal help in 2 hours, call a rehabilitator.
Do: Please ,give the animal it's privacy, the more you look at an animal or handle it, the more you stress the
animal and reduce its chance of survival. Resist the temptation to put an animal inside your shirt. Cute little
squirrels are notorious for being covered with fleas.
DO: Give the animal a source of heat, especially if it is furless/featherless,green grass is not a good option a,
it pulls the heat out of them. drying grass can be toxic to rabbits, a better option is a soft t-shirt,with a rice
heated sock tucked underneath.
DO: Refrain from Giving the animal anything to eat or drink, especially cows milk. Baby birds can't digest milk
and may die. Many baby mammals are lactose intolerant and may develop diarrhea, further dehydration and
death. Feeding an animal that has been without food for sometime needs to be handled by a rehabber as
rehydration is introduced slowly with special fluids.
DO: Exercise extreme caution, it is best to not handle raccoons, skunks, fox, or bats. If anyone gets bitten,
scratched, or licked (hence, possibly exposed to rabies), that person may need to get expensive rabies shots. In
addition, the animal is at risk of being euthanized to be tested for rabies. **For your sake and the animals please
bring them to, or contact a wildlife rehabilitator ASAP.
Helping To Serve The Wildlife in crisis in South-East Saskatchewan
When help is needed.......
For wildlife emergencies in other parts of Saskatchewan , please
Contact WRSOS( HOTLINE)
Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan Hotline phone is
Moose Mountain Recoupe & Release- (306)- (306) 434-7272
577-4809 Cell:(306) 575- 3409
For Educational/School presentations contact MMRR at above listed phone
We would like to sincerely THANK all those individuals who have taken the time to help
an animal in need or transport them to our center, Thank-you for caring- to those
animals it made a difference!
Moose Mountain RnR Wildlife Rehabilitation