Baby Animals or Injured Wildlife
When finding a baby animal it is generally best to leave it alone. Often the animal is not orphaned, and the parent may be out getting food for the animal, or watching the baby from a distance. Never pick up baby animals and remove them from their natural environment!
When encountering wildlife, please contact permitted FWC (Florida Wildlife Conservation) volunteer transporter Claudia Labbe at 352-817-3995. She can assess your animal’s situation directly to determine what will be the best response for injured, orphaned or sick wild animals.
Please DO NOT feed or offer water to any animal you find unless directed to do so by an FWC permitted rehabilitator as this will potentially cause further health issues such as delaying medical intervention, digestive complications and aspiration pneumonia.
Claudia’s regional territory for FL Fish and Wildlife covers mainly Sumter plus nearby Lake & Marion counties and Community Watch for Villages residents.