Many wild animals have adapted well to living in our neighborhoods. By remembering some key factors about living with wildlife, we can learn how to avoid potential problems and enjoy the peace and serenity that these animals can bring to our backyards and communities.
If you encounter injured or orphaned wildlife, remember that sometimes, the best way to help wildlife is to just to let nature take its course. Human intervention is not always the answer.
Before taking action on your own, you should first contact a local wildlife rehabilitator or care center in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, or Wisconsin. Communicate the situation clearly and follow the guidance of these licensed professionals.
Visit the University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Department of Natural Resources website for more information about living with wildlife in Illinois.