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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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Community Action Partners Council: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; First Floor Board Room, Fort Worth City Credit Union, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions: 5 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission: 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Conference Room, Tarrant Regional Water District, 800 E. Northside Drive.
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Stormwater Master Plan Stakeholder Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Human Relations Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration: 8 a.m. Oct. 20, 2017; A.D. Marshall Public Safety and Courts Building, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Public Art Dedication at Meacham International Airport: 10 a.m. Oct. 20, 2017; Meacham International Airport Administration Building, 201 American Concourse (Off N. Main Street).

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee Meeting: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, 2017; James E. Guinn Building, First floor, PharmaFab Conference Room No 116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Fall Festival: 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 2017; Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb St.

Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 9 a.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Gateway Church, 4205 Basswood Blvd .

Code Rangers: 9 a.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104.

Homeless Event: Mile in My Shoes: 11 a.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Worth Heights Oktoberfest: 6 p.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave.

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Oct. 23, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Fort Worth Transportation Authority Commuter Rail Committee Working Session: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 2017; 2nd Floor Community Room, Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones Street.
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2018 Bond Election Public Meeting City Wide: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 2017; Botanic Garden Lecture Hall, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.

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Fort Worth City Council and Appointed Officials Conversation About Race and Culture: 10 a.m. Oct. 24, 2017; Oak Hall, Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation: 2 p.m. Oct. 24, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Oct. 24, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

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