If you find an injured or orphaned animal,
it is absolutely necessary that you get help from a licensed rehabilitator as soon as possible. Not only is it illegal to keep and raise any wild bird or mammal without first obtaining authorization, but only a trained rehabilitator can provide the care that will enable the animal to survive and return to the wild.
Websites that provide information on “do-it-yourself” rehabilitation are actually encouraging you to break the law, and are doing real harm to the wild creatures that so desperately need our help.
The most important help you can give the animal is to keep it
- and Contained
Do not attempt to give it any food or water.
For more information, please see our Wildlife Insights.
If you are in southeastern Wisconsin or northern Illinois, and need immediate help, call us at (262) 248-5055. You will always get our answering machine. Don’t worry—we check our messages regularly, and will call you right back.