If you see a wild animal all alone, it’s easy to believe that this animal needs your help. But in most cases, its parents are likely nearby, and "helping" actually does more harm than good. Wildlife reared in captivity or babies raised without the benefit of learning from their parents have a greatly reduced chance of survival when and if they are released back into the wild. However, in the hands of an experienced and qualified rehabilitation expert, animals have a better chance of retaining their survival skills and being rehomed safely. Some that can’t become AZGFD ambassadors, helping us educate others about the importance of contacting the Department instead of attempting a rescue.
Download this brochure to learn more about the dangers of interfering with lost wildlife. To report an injured or abandoned animal, please call AZGFD at 623-236-7201.