What to do if you find a…
Baby Fox, Coyote, or Bobcat
Caution: There are certain wild animals that should only be handled by trained individuals. As tempting as it is to rescue a fox or coyote pup, you will likely do more harm than good. They are not pet material. If the pups are handled or kept for any length of time, it is extremely difficult to prepare them to be released back to the wild.
- Do not handle, feed, or transport the fox, coyote, or bobcat.
- Contact Native Animal Rescue at 831-462-0726.
- If you are unable to contact Native Animal Rescue, call Wildlife Emergency Services at 831-429-2323.
Injured Mature Fox, Coyote, or Bobcat
Though it’s hard to accept, adult mammals can almost never be caught and successfully treated. If an adult mammal is cornered or captured, it will struggle to break free causing itself great harm in the process.
If you see an adult mammal with a broken leg or other injury, leave the animal alone. Even though the injury may take a long time to heal, this is far preferable to the trauma of chase and capture. Wild animals have an amazing ability to heal and adapt to many types of injuries.
Native Animal Rescue 1855 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Dear Monique — My stepdaughter, Heidi, lives in a rural area, and a fox has taken up residence in her backyard. Every day it poops around the yard and sleeps on the picnic table. Heidi has two adult cats that the fox doesn't bother, but she'd like to know if there's...