Wildlife native to Northern New Jersey have been under great deal of stress due to the development of large tracks of land and deforestation for housing developments, malls and golf courses.
We must all do our part in helping to preserve the habitat for these animals by helping agencies save these land parcels, and by supporting local and national programs. Even a gesture as small as creating a small animal habitat in your back yard will help.
Many of these agencies that need your support can be found as links on this website. Please do all you can to give back to our precious environment.
Many people encounter what appear to be sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. While a sick or injured animal may benefit by being brought to a licensed rehabilitator, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife urges New Jerseyans to leave young wildlife undisturbed.
Every year, especially during the spring and early summer, the lives of many young animals are disrupted. Well intentioned people may attempt to ‘save’ these animals, and more often than not, the mother is nearby witnessing her young being taken.
Potential acts of kindness often have the opposite effect. Instead of being left to learn how to survive, young animals will be denied their natural learning experiences. They often become attached to their caregivers and cannot be returned to the wild. In addition, nearly all wild birds and mammals are protected under the law and may not be legally taken from the wild or kept. Only when they are found injured or with their dead mother, is there reason to do something. It is only under these circumstances that an animal can legally be kept while it is being transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Those who encounter such a situation may contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 609-292-2965 or consult the online licensed rehabilitors list for information on the nearest wildlife rehabilitation center. Above all, individuals should never consider wild animals as possible pets.
People must resist the temptation of adopting wildlife because of the risk of bringing wildlife-borne diseases like rabies and parasites such as roundworms, lice, fleas and ticks into the home.
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NOTE: It is illegal in the state of New Jersey to possess or raise a wild animal without a permit unless you are transporting that animal to a licensed rehabilitator.