Wildlife Rehabbers See Spike In Number Of Animals In Need Of Treatment

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By: Kara Duffy
July 3, 2013

Thomasville, GA- Wild animals that have survived confrontations with cars or who've been orphaned by them are finding TLC at the end of a dirt road in Thomas County.

The rehabilitation center's newest addition is a baby deer. She's just one of the 150 wild animals that now call the center her new home.

"The people saw it come out of the woods and it was acting disoriented and it turns out it was partially blind and it ran into a pond and the people jumped in and pulled it out," said Chet Powell, the Executive Director of Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association.

Rehabbers transported the fawn Wednesday morning to an eye specialist in Tallahassee for treatment.

Now, they're turning their attention to hundreds of other animals who need their help; everything from bears to bobcats to skunks.

They say the early arrival of warm weather this year, is making it even harder for them to keep up.

"The adults are out breeding more, or earlier, so obviously they're out hunting mates and they're crossing the highway and getting struck by vehicles," Powell said.

The longer breeding season also means more orphaned babies.

"Baby animals require more care," he said. "They've got to be fed at odd hours during the night, so it's very stressful."

Rehabbers say they're also having a hard time financially supporting the animals.

"The centers are licensed by the Georgia Department Of Natural Resources, but they aren't supported by the DNR. In other words, they work mostly with their own expenses, out of their own pocket," Powell said.

It's a price they say they're willing to pay to get these animals, back into the wild.

For more information on wildlife rehabilitation centers in Georgia or to find out how you can help, go to: www.georgiawildliferescue.org.