FOUND AN INJURED OR ORPHANED ANIMAL?
Our Wildlife Assistance Hotline and Medical Clinic is available 365 days per year
If you've found a wild animal in need of help, please read the information below first,
then CALL our Wildlife Assistance Hotline at (207) 361-1400.
CLICK THE BUTTONS BELOW TO LINK TO OUR FLOW CHART OF WHAT TO DO
Always be prepared ! Keep a Wildlife Rescue 101 Kit in your car!
A box or crate. Always have a safe transport container for injured animals; this is safer for you while traveling, and also less stressful to the animal. Cardboard pet caddies are great for the car, since they can be folded flat in between use.
A sturdy piece of cardboard or shovel. Always helpful for sliding under injured animals to reduce physical contact.
Sheets and towels. These are helpful for throwing over an injured animal to aid in capture. They also can be placed over a transport crate when an animal is safely inside. NEVER USE THESE WITH PORCUPINES.
Goggles. Always protect your eyes!
Leather gloves. Animals can bite and scratch, no matter what species!
A flashlight. These can be helpful for after-hour rescues.
Duct tape. Always handy.
Latex gloves. It’s always best to wear protective gloves, even for very young animals. Many wild animals can carry zoonotic diseases [diseases that humans can get too], so keep your hands clean!
Scissors or wire cutters. Don’t damage anyone’s personal property, but sometimes it’s helpful to be prepared!
Phone numbers. Get to know the permitted wildlife rehabilitators in your area, as well as your state agency.
Orphaned Baby Animals
Please don't rescue baby animals unless necessary! During the nesting season (March-October), many healthy babies and juveniles can be found on the ground and appear injured. However, these animals are usually perfectly fine. They are just building up their flight muscles and coordination. Their parents are often nearby.
The best thing for a wild animal is to remain in the wild. By calling our Wildlife Assistance Hotline, our Wildlife Specialists can assist you with re-uniting babies with their parents. However, if you have not seen any signs of the parents for more than 24 hours, or if the animal has visible trauma or injuries, please call our Wildlife Assistance Hotline immediately at 207.361.1400.
All wild animals are potentially dangerous. They view humans as large predators and their instinct is to defend themselves.
Should you decide to approach the animal, use caution, wear heavy leather gloves, and call our Wildlife Assistance Hotline at 207.361.1400 to speak with a Wildlife Specialist. Our Specialists can provide species-specific advice on capturing the animal safely. General tips for animal rescue can be found here.
Keep rescued animals in warm, dark, quiet places, away from humans or pets.
Remember: all mammals can carry rabies or potential zoonotic diseases. If you suspect an animal is rabid, call your town's animal control officer for help.
Wild animals require expert medical care to properly heal and be returned to the wild. They have similar, if not more intricate, physiologies as humans and need medical support for head trauma, eye trauma, fractures, etc.
If you find an injured animal, please call our Wildlife Assistance Hotline immediately at 207.361.1400.
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