Northwoods Wildlife Center prepares for orphaned wildlifeSubmitted: 05/28/2015
Story By Jeanine Ilacqua

Northwoods Wildlife Center prepares for orphaned wildlife
MINOCQUA - The Northwoods Wildlife Center will see a lot of orphaned wildlife this spring, and the center could use your help preparing for the babies.

"It's springtime, so all of our baby animals come in cycles," said Advanced Wildlife Rehabilitator Amanda Walsh."We usually start off with a bunch of cottontails. Then we get a lot of squirrel species. Then, of course, raccoons, and fawns as well." 
Spring is birthing season for a lot of animals, which leads to a heavier workload for the humans at the Wildlife Center.

"We are their caregiver, especially if they are orphaned. We become their mother," said Walsh.

"Donations are something you kind of depend on here. We don't always have the funds to get it ourselves," said Assistant Wildlife Rehabilitator Amanda Knoll. "It's something we definitely depend on the public for and that we appreciate." 

The center needs a lot of supplies to care for the wildlife.

"Things that we really do need right now are one-millimeter droppers. We use those to feed the squirrels and other animals," said Walsh. "Daily things we always use are 13-gallon trash bags with drawstrings as well as hand soap and paper towels."

If you see an animal you think needs help, you should call a wildlife caregiver.

"If you do have an animal question about whether the behavior you're seeing is normal, give us a call first," said Walsh.

"Oftentimes people think they're abandoned, but they can still go back to their mother and help reunite them," Knoll said. "Other times, make sure you're not feeding or watering them. Unfortunately, those animals aren't always being fed things that they should be fed--and that could have a lot of negative effects on them."

"Does and raccoons are better moms than we are," Walsh said. "If we can have them stay with their mom--if they're not truly orphaned--then that would be the best thing for them."

You can drop items at the Northwoods Wildlife Center or at First Merit Bank in Minocqua. Here is a list of needed items:
•Disposable shoe covers
•1 ml droppers (new in package)
•Live minnows (call first)
•Fleece or soft blankets
•Clean stuffed animals (no mechanics, hard plastic, or beads)
•Batteries (AAA, AA, D)
•Brown colored Vet-Wrap
•Paper towel rolls
•Liquid hand soap (especially large refill containers)
•Bird perches (small and large)
•Deer pellets
•Fine mesh netting
•Latex gloves (sizes M or L)
•Distilled water
•Mixed bird seed (red and white millet seed, sunflower seed, milo, bird gravel, thistle)
•Alfalfa hay
•Timothy hay
•Timothy hay dried pellets for rabbits
•Innova® brand kitten food (dry)
•Dried egg whites
•Unsalted nuts (hazelnuts, acorns, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, almonds)
•Fresh produce (fruits and veggies)
•Fresh eggs
•Rolled Oats
•Suet and suet feeders
•Sisal rope (of varying diameters)
•Large, solid-colored storage tubs
•13- or 55-gallon garbage bags
•Gift cards (Walmart, Trig's, SaveMore, Ace Hardware)

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