Mammals

LARGE MAMMALS

Large mammals include deer, elk, antelope, bobcats, bears and mountain lions. These animals are handled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Only NMDGF Officers are authorized to transport these animals. If you find an injured, orphaned or ill large mammal, please call NMDGF at 505-476-8000.

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As of June 2013, New Mexico Wildlife Center is no longer authorized by the NMDGF to care for coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks. This mandate is due to rabies concerns. If a raccoon, skunk, coyote or fox appears ill, aggressive or disoriented, call the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at 505-476-8000. Do not attempt to capture.

RACCOON (injured or orphaned)

Raccoons rarely abandon their young and generally they have 2-3 kits. They are predominately nocturnal and the parent raccoon will leave during the night to find food, returning at dawn. If young are found and they are not making a lot of noise, they are probably being taken care of by their parent.

Please see the Not In My Backyard section for information on discouraging these animals from remaining in residence.

SKUNKS

Skunks are able to spray at a very young age. Leave them
undisturbed if possible.

Please see the Not In My Backyard section for information on discouraging these animals from remaining in residence.

RABBITS AND HARES

If you find an uninjured baby rabbit, leave it alone. Its mother has left it there until she returns to feed it. They return only at dawn and dusk to feed their young. If its eyes are open and its ears are up, it is old enough to survive on its own. If it is injured, place it in a shoe box and bring it to New Mexico Wildlife Center.

BAT

If found in your house or building during the day, try to leave the room with an exit open for it at night. It will generally leave on its own. Try to determine how the bat entered the area and block it off before the next morning. Orphaned or injured bats can be handled like raptors, use a towel and gloves and bring to New Mexico Wildlife Center.

SQUIRRELS, GOPHERS, RATS AND MICE

Orphaned or injured rodents should be handled with gloves, kept warm and brought to New Mexico Wildlife Center as soon as possible. Do not feed.

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