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Posted April 20, 2017

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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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Fort Worth Transportation Authority - Notice of Public Meeting and Public Hearing: noon May 30, 2017; lntermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street.
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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Retirement/Investment Commitee: 12:30 p.m. May 30, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Operations Committee: 12:50 p.m. May 30, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Finance Committee: 1 p.m. May 30, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building , 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Concessions/Commercial Development Committee: 1:10 p.m. May 30, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. May 30, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority - Notice of Public Meeting and Public Hearing: 5:30 p.m. May 30, 2017; lntermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street.
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Como Math & Science Night: 5:30 p.m. May 30, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Westridge Sidewalks Meeting: 6 p.m. May 30, 2017; Ridglea Presbyterian Church, 6201 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. May 30, 2017; CIty Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Fort Worth Advisory Commission on Ending Homelessness: 4 p.m. May 31, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Avenue.
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North Central Texas Council of Governments SH 199 Corridor Master Plan Open House: 6 p.m. May 31, 2017; River Oaks Community Center, 5300 Blackstone Drive.
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Candleridge Street Maintenance Meeting: 6 p.m. May 31, 2017; Southwest Recreation Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Rolling & Walking Town Hall: 6 p.m. May 31, 2017; To be determined.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board of Directors: 8:30 a.m. June 1, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Downtown Design Review Board Public Hearing: 2 p.m. June 1, 2017; City Hall, Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, 200 Texas Street.
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Joint Information Session: Fort Worth Business Plan Competition and KERNEL: 4:30 p.m. June 1, 2017; United Way of Tarrant County, 1500 North Main St, No.200.

Randol Mill Area Street Maintenance Meeting: 5:30 p.m. June 1, 2017; Pantego Bible Church, 8100 Anderson Blvd.

On the Wild Side: Gardening for Wildlife Water-Saving Seminar: 6 p.m. June 1, 2017; Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Iris Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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Library Advisory Board: 6:30 p.m. June 1, 2017; Southwest Regional Branch Library, 4001 Library Lane.
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Disciplinary Appeal of the Termination of Rocky Costillo: 9 a.m. June 2, 2017; Training Room 623, 6th Floor, City Hall Annex, 908 Monroe.
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Walking Town Hall: 10 a.m. June 3, 2017; To be determined.

Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 1 p.m. June 3, 2017; Southside Customer Service Center, 4100 Columbus Trail..

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