After the Webinar: Maximizing Your Reuniting and Renesting Strategies for Wildlife. Q&A with John Griffin

Webinar presenter John Griffin answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Maximizing Your Reuniting and Renesting Strategies for Wildlife. Here are just a few of his responses.


Audience Question: A lot of people have asked is it true that if we handle or touch a wild animal that mom will reject it? Should we be more concerned about passing any of our illnesses or diseases to the animal, or vice versa? 

John Griffin:  I think it’s a good concern to have. We should be wearing gloves, and we’re having an interaction with the wildlife, no matter what species they are. But it is. It’s actually a very harmful myth that, touching an animal imparts a scent that is going to cause the parent to reject that animal that is unfortunately a still too persistent myth on the Internet and in other places as part of our maybe cultural, but it is not true, and it is. I think we try to demonstrate how strong the maternal instinct is and how much they want them back regardless of what they smell like, they’re looking for them, and they’re going to go to great lengths to get them back. And you know that’s one of the behaviors that we rely on, and we are doing in our work for sure to enhance our ability to have successful reunions. But yeah, an absolute myth.


Audience Question: A couple of folks are asking how to get the sound files for young animals or birds who are vocalizing. I can’t remember, did you say a source? Or where should they go to get those vocalizing files? 

John Griffin: Well, I’ve seen it. Actually, a number of people have been offering them in different communities that are wildlife rehabbers or wildlife agencies, the groups. I’m happy to share the raccoon and squirrel sound file, if you just email me, I’ll send you the sound file, and you’re like you’re welcome to it.


Audience Question: So, you had several reuniting frameworks in your PowerPoint presentation, are they available somewhere? Like on HumanePro? 

John Griffin: I’m not sure if we have them up right now. I’m happy to send those as well. We can send the bird one, and we can send the PDF of the mammal one as well if you’re interested, and if you want any of the HSUS share graphics. I’m happy to include those too.


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