The City encourages residents to report sick, injured or orphaned animals to the Police Department's Animal Control Unit.
The following are tips to protect and care for animals you feel are in danger:
- Handle all wild animals as little as possible, especially birds, ducklings and goslings. Do not give food or water to animals you intend to bring to a rehabilitation agency.
- When you find an injured or ill adult wild animal, check to see if it may be nursing. If it appears to be a nursing mother, look for a nest or young in the area. Without help, the babies will starve.
- Check animals that appear scruffy with hair loss, bald spots and sores, possible signs of mange. Mange can be treated if the animal is taken to a rehabilitation agency.
Tips for Other Wild Animals
Newborn deer can be the size of a cat. Mothers leave their young during the day staying hidden a short distance away, then return at dusk. Fawns should not be moved unless they are in danger. If moving is necessary, the fawn should only be transported a short distance away (25 feet or less) so the mother can find it. The fawn should be handled as little as possible, but if necessary try to wrap it in a towel before moving. Keep people and animals away and do not feed it. If the fawn has not been moved by the mother within 24 hours, contact Animal Control. The mother may have been killed. Although Animal Control cannot rehabilitate the fawn, there are rehabilitation agencies that can.
Eden Prairie residents have reported several deer with three legs or a fourth that is unusable. These animals survived getting injured by a car or in other ways. Our Police Department may euthanize deer that are badly hurt and suffering; those that are eating, getting around and seemingly doing fine are left alone. If you are uncertain of the condition of a deer, please call Animal Control. They will observe the deer and make sure it is not suffering and able to survive.