How To Handle Wildlife Caught In A Storm

By: Pam Wiese Email
By: Pam Wiese Email

With last Sunday’s severe weather now is a good time for a reminder of what to do if you encounter wildlife after a storm.

After every storm, calls come in to the Nebraska Humane Society from good Samaritans who find displaced animals due to trees coming down. Here are some tips from the staff at Wildlife Rehab, Inc.

Did you know that when you bring wildlife to the NHS it sends it right back out with Wildlife Rehab Inc., which is permitted to rehabilitate and release all viable wildlife from the area. But often those animals don't need to come in, especially the babies, unless they are injured or truly orphaned.

If you find baby squirrels or baby raccoons in a tree that has come down and they are uninjured, please put them in a box as near to the tree as possible (and safe from cats and other predators) and give the mom time to move them. A squirrel mom should move her babies within a few hours during the daylight hours. A raccoon mom will wait until midnight because she will likely move her babies after dark.

If no mom comes, then the babies can go to Nebraska Wildlife Rehab or come to the Humane Society where the rehabbers will pick them up.

We often find baby birds out of their nests after a storm. If you find a baby bird on the ground and can locate and return it to its nest, the experts ask you to please do so. If you cannot locate the nest, pick up the bird and place it in a box in a warm, quiet, dark place until you can get it to NWR or the NHS.

If a baby animal is injured, don't wait. Bring it to either location and they’ll work to get it to the proper people for care.

If you have questions, is a great resource. NHS has link on its website,, under the licensing and laws heading wildlife tab.

The Nebraska Humane Society at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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