The MNRF is making sure the public has all the facts in case you come across a sick, injured or abandoned animal.

The MNRF says while many encounters will happen in wooded areas, wildlife can be drawn out onto our northern roads as well.

If you do rescue a small animal it’s important to get it to a facility equipped to help it as quickly as possible.

The MNRF says if you do come across what appears to be a diseased or dead animal you should call the Wildlife Health Cooperative or your local health unit if you suspect it could be transmitted to humans.

There are also many wildlife rehabilitation centres in north eastern Ontario which specialize in rescuing and returning animals to the wild.

More information and procedures for similar situations can be found here.