Wild-life Line rehabilitates animals

The Wildlife-Line in Sherman has announced its recent activity.

The organization, under the direction, of Debbie Corcione, aims to protect and save orphaned and injured wildlife and return them to their proper habitats.

The organization, now in its second year, has applied for non-profit status.

Among its activities, baby squirrels were nursed back to health and then released, and rescues of a baby rabbit from Little Big People Day Care in New Fairfield, two fox pups from New Milford and one from New Haven, and several baby fawns from Sherman and New Preston were made.

Some of the animals continue to move toward full recovery and release, while others have been released back into their natural habitats.

The first fox pup that arrived at the Wildlife-Line had mange and three intestinal parasites.

Although treated for his ailments, he did little more than eat and drink. Knowing that foxes are very social animals, Ms. Corcione obtained a fox kit from New Haven that needed help and the first kit made a tremendous improvement. But it was the addition of the third kit made all the difference in the world.

In the end, the care Ms. Corcione provided, the medical attention and support of Dr. Raymond Maizel of Candlewood Animal Hospital in New Milford and an outdoor enclosure built by Dan Harris and the Sherman Boy Scouts, has ensured that the pups are on their way to returning to their home.

Fawns have also been a part of the Wildlife-Line community.

The Godfrey family of Sherman watched a baby fawn they found for many hours before calling the Wildlife-Line to be sure that the mother was not nearby. Unfortunately, the mother had died on Route 39 and the baby was abandoned.

In many cases, Ms. Corcione said, the mother will return. But by waiting to see if the mother returned, the Godfreys ensured that the fawn was not removed prematurely.

Ms. Corcione is currently obtaining her certification for rehabilitating fawns. Only three people in the state are licensed to do this type of rehabilitation.

Two of the fawns Ms. Corcione has obtained were brought to her mentor in Clinton. She will care for the third as a part of her mentoring program.

Rehabilitated deer are released in groups of six so when the fawn begins to eat solid food, she will then be sent back to Clinton to be released with her group.

For as many success stories as there are, there are situations that don't end happily.

Unfortunately, Ms. Corcione's rehabilitation and the support of Dr. Pricilla Lightcap of Fieldstone Veterniary Hospital in New Fairfield couldn't help a ground hog that had been hit by a car and brought to Wildlife-Line.

For more information, to volunteer to help with cleaning cages, feeding and general care, or to make a donation -- the majority of expenses come from Ms. Corcione's pocket -- call (860) 355-5797 or email wildlifelinect@yahoo.com.

Donations of used or new hard plastic baby pool for foxes to dig in, thick quilts, tarps, large rabbit hutches, trash bins with lids, newspaper, bleach, disposable gloves, chain link fence panels, various building supplies and chicken wire are also welcome.