Tips for rescuing a wild 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 CALL our Wildlife Assistance Hotline at (207) 361-1400.


  • Use a towel to cover the bird (dish towel for small birds; bath towel for large birds).

  • Place the bird in a well-ventilated box and transfer to Center for Wildlife or local rehabilitator.



  • If you are rescuing a bird of prey, be careful of their feet!

  • If you are rescuing a water bird, be careful of their beak and wear eye protection if possible


  • Remember to move turtles across the road in the direction they were headed - they know where they're going!

  • Large snapping turtles can be helped across the road by encouraging them to bite a sturdy stick and pulling them across the road on top of a towel - please remember to use a towel to avoid scraping the underside of their shells!

  • If a turtle was hit by a car, please bring it to the Center - we may be able to bracket its shell, or extract eggs from a female


  • Use a towel to cover the animal (dish towel for small mammals or babies).

  • Place the animal in a well-ventilated box and transfer to Center for Wildlife or local rehabilitator.



  • Remember to check the pouches of opossums who have been hit by cars for babies

  • If you are rescuing a porcupine, do not use a towel - it will stick to their quills. Instead, just use heavy leather gloves to pick up

  • We are only able to accept bats and woodchucks from within the state of Maine. Because these animals are rabies-vector species and could potentially carry rabies, state and federal regulations prohibit them crossing state lines.


  • Please keep the car as quiet as possible (e.g. turn off the radio, talk quietly, etc.)

  • If possible, keep pets away from the animal

  • Most wild animals are in shock after being injured. Please avoid talking to, or holding, the animal as that can increase its stress.

  • Keep the animal warm!

  • Do not attempt to feed the animal! Wild animals have special diets and an injured animal could have internal injuries.


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.


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.

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Physical Address

375 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

Call Us

(207) 361-1400