THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Q - How do you contain a wild animal if injured?

Remember to be cautious as wild animals are not tame and will likely try to attack you. Your safety comes first so remember to wear gloves along with proper clothing that provides protection (i.e. long sleeves, pants, etc.). Try to identify the primary weapon of the animal to neutralize and control it first (beak, talons, etc). Wild animals get very stressed and possibly aggressive when you attempt to contain them. The best way to decrease the amount of stress on the animal is to drape a towel over their head to minimize its exposure to the environment. This should decrease its aggression and you should be more able to pick it up and transfer into a box for transport. If the injured animal is an adult raccoon or a fairly aggressive animal (otter, mink, etc.), it is best to call your local wild animal rehabilitation centre as they may be able to assist.

 

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