Raccoons, Bats, & Skunks
Sick, Injured, or Orphaned Raccoons, Skunks, and Bats
Volunteers for Wildlife is not licensed to treat raccoons, skunks or bats. In New York State, these animals are considered "Rabies Vector Species", meaning they have a higher frequency of carrying the Rabies virus in New York State. These animals require special licensing to treat.
While we cannot admit these animals, we can refer callers to rehabilitators that are licensed to care for them. Please contact us for references if you have found one of these animals, or go to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's website to find a rehabilitator in your area.
When dealing with healthy raccoons, please keep in mind that the first step to deterring nuisance raccoons is to secure your trash bins and remove any other food sources (bird seed, cat food, etc) to avoid encounters with raccoons. If food is available, wild animals will be drawn to it.
It is also important to remember that these animals are not trying to intrude. They are simply seeking food and shelter as a means of survival. While we understand that these animals may cause an inconvenience, we ask that you please treat them in a kind and humane manner.
It is illegal in New York State to trap an animal on your property and release it anywhere else. Relocating an animal can create problems for neighbors, can move diseases like rabies or Lyme, and can cause unnecessary stress to the animal. This task must be handled by a licensed professional, and only when it is absolutely necessary to remove an animal from your property. For more information, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's website.
Volunteers for Wildlife is not licensed to trap and relocate raccoons. We recommend Able Wildlife as a licensed, humane trapping company. Be advised that all licensed trappers will charge for services.
Skunks are seldom seen by humans. If you have found a skunk, it needs help. Please contact us for a referral to a licensed skunk rehabilitator.