Injured/Orphaned animals

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.

REHABILITATION CONTACTS

(Updated list from the ODFW)

Rehabilitation Name

Business Telephone

City

Veterinarian on Staff

Authorized Species

Blue Sky Veterinarian Clinic

541-383-3833

Bend

Dr. Bolinger

Triage only for birds

Judy Niedzwiecke

541-389-6012

Bend

No

Mammals

Cheryl Rorabeck

541-933-2249

Bend

No

Birds, raptors, mammals, amphibians, reptiles

Sandy Thompson

541-610-9962

Bend

No

Mammals

Tracy Leonhardy

541-388-0383

Bend

No

Mammals

Kim Farasyn

541-420-7245

Crooked River Ranch

No

Small mammals, songbirds, waterfowl

Elise Wolf

541-728-8208

Sisters

No

Birds

Sunriver Nature Center

541-593-4394

Sunriver

No

Birds, raptors, amphibians, reptiles

 

GOVERNMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTACTS

PHONE NUMBER

NOTES

Oregon State Police

541-388-6300

Use to report road kills and any illegal activity involving wildlife

Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

541-388-6363

Ask for Corey Heath or Randy Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDM DOES NOT CONDUCT REHAB AND WILL NOT ACCEPT LIVE ANIMALS

HDM Curator of Wildlife Jon Nelson, 541-382-4754 ext. 362

Email: jnelson@highdesertmuseum.org

Nickie Broesel Associate Curator of Wildlife: Manager of the Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center ext. 310

Jessica Stewart Associate Curator of Wildlife: Manager of Herpetology and Icthyology ext. 288