HELP WITH INJURED, SICK, ORPHANED WILDLIFE
If you have an injured/orphaned/sick wild animal, have a wildlife conflict or wildlife question go to the above link to find the nearest wildlife rehabilitator in Washington State. It is illegal for non-licensed individuals to care for injured, sick, or orphaned wild animals.
Washington Wildlife Rehabilitators are licensed by the Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). The WDFW recognizes the valuable role that wildlife rehabilitators play in caring for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in our state.
to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator:
- Find a suitable container such as a cardboard box or pet carrier. Line it with a towel or cloth. F
- Throw a towel or a sheet over the animal so the it can’t see you, gently pick up the animal (wear gloves), and place in the container. You don’t need to remove the towel, but loosen it.
- Secure the container to make sure the animal cannot escape. NEVER TRANSPORT WITHOUT A CLOSED LID. Even an unconscious animal may wake up or come out of shock during transport.
- Keep the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place. Do not give him food or water. Leave him alone.
- Take the animal to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible (see above on how to find one).
- Find a suitable container such as a shoebox. Line it with a towel or cloth.
- Pick the bird up with a small towel or gloves
and place in the box. If you pick up with a towel do not leave the bird covered in the box.
- Secure the container to make sure the animal cannot escape.
- ALWAYS CLOSE THE LID. Even an unconscious animal may
wake up or come out of shock during transport.
- Keep the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. DO NOT DISTURB. DO NOT give him food or water.
- After 1 1/2 to 2 hours return outdoors and open the box.
- If it flies off you have saved the bird. Congratulations.
- If it does not fly, put the lid back on the box and contact a wildlife rehabilitator.
What to do if a baby bird falls from the nest:
- MYTH: if you touch a baby bird the mother will reject it - FALSE!
- If you know where the nest is gently pick the bird up and return it to the nest
- if the nest has fallen, place it back in the tree.
- If the nest is destroyed make a new nest. Use a berry basket or Easter basket, secure it in a tree and put the remains of the old nest in the basket along with the babies.
- For more information contact a rehabilitator from the list above.