What should you do if you find an injured animal? The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSS) hopes you call their hotline, a volunteer run line to give advice on how to help preserve biodiversity here at home.
The non-profit organization is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year this weekend at Prairieland Park, an educational day meant for all ages.
Sheri Hodgson is the volunteer with the WRSS, and describes the organization as essentially a 911 line for wildlife.
“Through the phone line we hope to coordinate rescues, give people advice to find out if the animals are actually injured” said Hodgson, adding that often we “aren’t aware what natural behavior for wildlife is.”
“They see something cute and cuddly and young, and they want pick it up and bring it home, but often it should be left where it is.”
In some cases, when an animal is injured and can’t be released, they become part of an educational program to help show the public how to deal with wildlife.
That’s what happened to Jadis, a red tailed hawk found on a road and unable to fly.
He was able to recover thanks to help from students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Watch above to learn more about Jadis the hawk and the Gone Wild for Wildlife event this Saturday at Prairieland Park.