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Believe it or not, baby squirrels will be born in the next few weeks. Red Fox kits and then bunnies will follow. Are you ready?
One of the biggest challenges we face is keeping hospital space available for those animals who need it. To do that, we need your help in keeping healthy baby animals in the wild with their parents.
So what can you do in the next two weeks?
Close any entrances that squirrels have been using to access your eaves, attic or garage. Do this now, and we mean right now, before they have babies in the next few weeks. If they're persistently checking out an area on your roof, you might want to start deterring them before they do make an access point.
If you have fox who are beginning to check out the area under a shed, porch or other building - and you don't want a family of fox calling your yard home - buy some hardware cloth and freeze it into the snow in the areas they've begun digging. Fox do make great neighbors - they'll keep mice, rabbits and other small rodents at bay. As long as you, your family and pets keep a distance and let them rear their kits they'll pose no threat to you and provide wonderful entertainment.
If you've been meaning to drop that dead tree that's leaning over your garage, now is the time to do it. Before squirrels nest in the next two weeks, and well before baby bird season. If you have dead trees, "snags," and they're not posing a threat to a structure you might want to consider keeping one or two. They're great condos for wildlife and providing them with a natural nest source will help keep them out of your house and garage.
These simple steps will help the first round of newborn wildlife stay with their families, leaving space in our hospital for those who need medical help. Thank you for helping us help wildlife.
Following up on an animal you brought to us? Drop us a note (email@example.com) with the person's name who admitted it, the approximate date and the species. We'll get back to you within a few days!
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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) in Roseville, Minn., is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization. The WRC was established in response to the increased need for medical care of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife. With a medical staff of 8, the Center is one of the largest and busiest wildlife medical centers in the nation. More than 600 volunteers care for, rehabilitate and release the wildlife that they've worked with. The WRC treats more than 9,000 wild animals every year, representing more than 185 different species.
We cannot give tours since we do not keep any animals for educational use. We do have an open house every winter, usually in February. Watch our Facebook page or register for our emails to keep up to date with WRC.
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