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Posted April 20, 2017

owl sitting on someone's arm in a classroom
This baby owl was taken to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter by a resident. The owlet was later taken to a wildlife sanctuary to be cared for.

It’s hard for anyone to resist “rescuing” a baby rabbit, bird or other young wildlife that ends up in a local park or a backyard this time of year. When a wild baby seems helpless or abandoned, you want to help. But most wild babies are not helpless or abandoned. In fact, most people who think they are rescuing the infant actually cause more harm.

Every spring, Fort Worth’s Animal Care & Control Division receives infants at the shelter along with numerous phone calls from people who ask animal control officers to rescue newfound young. What many people don’t know is that most newborn wildlife is best left alone. The parents are likely nearby, but you can’t see them. Adult wildlife very rarely abandon their young.

“The single most important thing to learn is to not touch or interfere with the infant wildlife,” said Tim Morton, a veterinarian and assistant director in Code Compliance.

“My team and I urge people to avoid contact with young raccoons, coyotes, bats or skunks because these animals are high-risk carriers of rabies in Texas,” Morton said.

Humans can never be a substitute for wild animal parents, and more often than not, leaving a young animal alone gives it the best chance for survival. Young animals taken into captivity lose their natural instincts and ability to survive in the wild.

If you’re sure that an animal has been orphaned, or if it’s noticeably injured, call or email the city’s customer call center at 817-392-1234.

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Building Standards Commission - Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. April 24, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Building Standards Commission - Meeting: 9:30 a.m. April 24, 2017; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Fort Worth Transportation Authority - Board of Directors : 3:30 p.m. April 24, 2017; Community Room, 2nd Floor, Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street.
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Crooked Lane Water & Wastewater Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. April 24, 2017; Bill J. Elliott Elementary School, 2501 Cooks Lane.

East Rosedale (from Miller to Loop 820) Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. April 24, 2017; TCC Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Ave.

Como Area Water, Wastewater & Street Improvements Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. April 24, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Step One: Starting A Business: 11 a.m. April 25, 2017; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, Business Assistance Center, 1150 S. Freeway.

Community Action Partners Council: 12:30 p.m. April 25, 2017; Shamblee Branch Library, 1062 Evan Avenue.
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What's In Your Subcontract?: 1:30 p.m. April 25, 2017; DFW International Airport, Administrative Headquarters, 2400 Aviation Drive.

Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. April 25, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Como Math & Science Night: 5:30 p.m. April 25, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. April 25, 2017; CIty Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Metropolitan Area EMS Authority D/B/A Medstar Mobile Healthcare: 10 a.m. April 26, 2017; Medstar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Dr.
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City Plan Commission - Work Session : noon April 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Plan Commission - Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. April 26, 2017; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Park and Recreation Advisory /board: 4 p.m. April 26, 2017; Rockwood Park Golf Course Ben Hogan Learning Center, 1851 Jacksboro Highway.
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Rolling & Walking Town Hall: 6 p.m. April 26, 2017; Buck Sansom Park, 3600 Sansom Park Drive.
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Bluebonnet Circle Infrastructure Improvements Meeting: 6:30 p.m. April 26, 2017; Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive South.

Housing Channel Financial Literacy Class (Credit & Budgeting): 10 a.m. April 27, 2017; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. April 27, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Fort Worth Affordability Inc. Special Meeting: 4 p.m. April 27, 2017; Fort Worth Housing Solutions Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Special Meeting: 4 p.m. April 27, 2017; Fort Worth Housing Solutions Administrative Offices, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Como Reading Night: 5:30 p.m. April 27, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission: 6 p.m. April 27, 2017; Tarrant Regional Water District, Conference Room, 800 East Northside Drive.
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City of Fort Worth Art Commission : 6:30 p.m. April 27, 2017; Tandy Lecture Hall, Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W 3rd Street.
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Kickback: 7 p.m. April 28, 2017; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty.

Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 9 a.m. April 29, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

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