Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
(Wisconsin Humane Society)
4500 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee WI
Wildlife In Need Center
W 340 S 2383 Hwy C. Oconomowoc, WI
Humane Animal Welfare Society
701 Northview Rd. Waukesha, WI
(262) 542-8851 Ext. 108
Windhover Wildlife Rehabilitation
PineView Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Center
W 4953 Hwy H Fredonia, WI
Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital
Many people feel compelled to offer humane aid to a suffering animal or bird. For the animals’ sake, federal and state laws prohibit possession of protected species. However, in the case of injured or orphaned wildlife, these laws allow for citizens to possess these creatures long enough to get them to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator (up to 24 hours). Follow the steps below to obtain trained, licensed help quickly.
Call for advice
Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to ask for their opinion as to whether or not the animal truly needs help. If the animal is in immediate danger the first step will be to safely get it out of harm’s way
Contain the animal
If possible, avoid direct handling of the bird or animal. Instead, gently scoop it into a cardboard box or other container. Watch out for sharp bills, talons, claws and teeth.
The best method of rescue for an injured bird of prey is to cover it completely with a towel, blanket, jacket or other light weight item that is large enough to cover the entire bird. Approach it slowly and without looking directly in the eye. When close enough, place the fabric over the bird and restrain it under the covering. As the bird calms down, gather the covering together, being careful to get the bird’s wings folded against the body. Then place in a box for transport.
For most birds and small mammals, a closed-top box high enough to allow the injured individual to stand without bumping its head can be made into a holding box. The box should be prepared by punching several small air holes, lining the box floor with paper toweling or other secure footing material that will stay in place during transport.
Drive the contained animal as soon as possible to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Minimize stress for the animal by avoiding excessive handling; loud noise and talking near the animal.
~Information from Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, and Wisconsin Humane Society, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.