Found An Animal?

Please read the following information and take recommended steps before calling Gorman Nature Center

If you have found an animal that may need assistance, find the correct animal below and read through the information given. If you still have questions (including what to do with orphaned or injured wildlife) you can visit the Division of Wildlife's Species Index page. This page has information on each species that has been documented in Ohio, as well as information on those that are most frequently seen by humans as injured or abandoned. 

If you still have questions after reading through these resources, call the nature center during business hours at (419) 884-3764 and ask to speak with a naturalist.

Springtime babies. Deer, raccoons, rabbits, and birds. Do they need my help?

In this collaborative video recorded by the Richland County Park District and Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Amanda and Emily discuss what to do if you find a wild animal that you think might need assistance. Baby animals specifically cause concern because of their vulnerable nature, but how should you know if a baby needs your help? Watch this video to find out!
White-tailed Deer
Deer are the subject of a majority of our calls in the spring and summer. This is because baby deer (fawn) are very commonly mistaken as abandoned or injured. 

Does may give birth to 1-3 spotted fawns in the late spring/early summer months.  In an effort to keep predators at bay, does will only approach fawns for short periods when they need to be fed.  Other times, she will leave them to lie still, camouflaged in their environment, so that she is not bringing unwanted attention on her young.  Unfortunately, native forested habitat has been transformed into a more urban environment, making some of the resting spots more obvious and vulnerable to humans.  A fawn may often be seen in the same spot for several days until the mother leads the fawn to a new location.  Unless there is a dead doe immediately next to a fawn, it is likely not an orphan.  A fawn at rest does not require human intervention, even if it is in your garden, leave it alone. 

About Our Parks

Our parks and staff are dedicated to education, enjoyment and preservation of Richland County's natural areas and inhabitants. Our goal is pursued by preserving natural areas for people to experience, and by providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the rich diversity of life and habitats in our county.

Our Location

Gorman Nature Center
2295 Lexington Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44907

Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Closed Sunday-Monday and Federal Holidays. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.)

419-884-FROG (3764)

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