The DNR says the best choice is to limit human intervention during natural causes of animal injury or death. Interrupting food-web dynamics may result in cascading impacts on wildlife communities and ecosystem health.
And an important consideration to potential rescuers is that being bitten or clawed during the rescue attempt is a real risk. (Minnesota storyteller Kevin Kling quoted a bar patron who watched the frantic “rescue” of a beaver by other bar patrons and then said: “How long do you think it’s going to take a beaver to get out of a cardboard box?”)
The DNR offers this straightforward, sound advice when it comes to wildlife: “If you care, leave it there.”