Injured Wildlife

Injured
Wildlife

What to do if you find an injured or orphaned wildlife?

If you find injured, sick or possibly orphaned wildlife, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for advice before taking action. Proper evaluation of each scenario by an experienced rehabilitator or wildlife biologist will increase the chance of a positive outcome. Also, ensuring public safety around injured wildlife is also important.

Although attending parents are often unseen, most baby animals are not really abandoned or orphaned. Either the wildlife parent left to forage for food and will return or is out of sight nearby, waiting for you to leave. If you are certain it is injured or you have witnessed the death or injury of the parent, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or the ODFW for further instructions.

If needed, keep an eye on the situation to keep pets and people from bothering the wildlife.

If a young bird on the ground is in harm’s way, place it back in the nest or in a nearby shrub; or use a small basket and hang it in a tree by the handle. Otherwise, the best policy is to leave wildlife young alone.

Under Oregon law, only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may care for injured wildlife.

ODFW Rehabilitation Contacts

If you find injured, sick or possibly orphaned wildlife, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for advice before taking action. Proper evaluation of each scenario by an experienced rehabilitator or wildlife biologist will increase the chance of a positive outcome. Also, ensuring public safety around injured wildlife is also important.
Rehabilitation NameBusiness TelephoneCityVeterinarian on StaffAuthorized Species
Blue Sky Veterinarian Clinic541-383-3833

BendDr. Bolinger

Triage only for bird
Judy Niedzwiecke





541-389-6012BendNoMammals
Robin Gold





541-719-8222BendNoMammals
Cheryl Rorabeck
High Desert Veterinary


541-933-2249BendDr. Tony Oddo
Dr. Jeanette Barkhurst
Birds, raptors, mammals, amphibians, reptiles
Sandy Thompson


541-610-9962BendNoMammals
Tracy Leonhardy



541-388-0383BendNoMammals
Kim Farasyn




541-420-7245Crooked River RanchNoSmall mammals, songbirds, waterfowl
Elise Wolf





541-728-8208SistersNoBirds
Sunriver Nature Center

541-593-4394SunriverDr. Wendy MeridethRaptors

GOVERNMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTACTSPHONE NUMBERNOTES
Oregon State Police541-388-6300Use to report road kills and any illegal activity involving wildlife
Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife541-388-6363Ask for Corey Heath or Randy Lewis

HDM Does Not Conduct Rehab and Will Not Accept Live Animals

For more information contact the Museum’s Curator of Wildlife Jon Nelson at 541-382-4754 ext. 362, or Nickie Broesel, Associate Curator of Wildlife and Manager of the Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center at ext. 310 or contact us
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