Frequently Asked Questions about Injured, Abandoned, or Dead Wildlife:

Baby Bird

What should I do if I've found an injured or abandoned wild animal?
What kind of immediate care can I provide to injured or abandoned wildlife?
How can I help?
What should I do if...
I've found an injured or dead manatee...
I've found an injured or dead sea turtle...
I've found a dead bird...
I've seen a fish kill, diseased fish, or fish with abnormalities?
General Information from The Human Society
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Wildlife Emergency Information from WILDLIFE International

 


Q: I've found an injured or abandoned wild animal, what should I do?

A:

Florida Residents:

Florida Wildlife Care, Inc.
Based in Gainesville, FL and serving 11 Counties in North Florida for Orphaned, Injured, Sick or Displaced Native Wildlife. (all species)
24 HR Wildlife Helpline 352-371-4400
More information can be found at www.floridawildlifecare.org

Eye of the Eagle Wildlife Sanctuary
Dr. Dawn Miller DVM
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9am-1pm (Can leave message after hours)
(352) 332-3063
Does not accept: Snakes, Raccoon, Opossum, and Bats.

West End Animal Hospital (BATS ONLY)
15318 West Newberry Road, Newberry, FL 32669
(352) 472-7626

Alachua County Animal Services
Tuesday - Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Closed Sunday, Monday & Holidays
Phone: (352) 264-6870
3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32609

Outside Alachua County, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to find a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator near you (in Florida):

Choose the nearest office from the list below:

3900 Drane Field Road
Lakeland, Florida 33811
(863) 648-3203

or

3911 County Road 2321
Panama City, Florida 32409
(850) 265-3677

or

1239 SW 10th Street
Ocala, Florida 32674
(352)732-1225

or

Route 7, Box 440
Lake City, FL 32055
(904) 758-0525

or

8535 Northlake Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
(561) 625-5122

Or call:

Your local office of The Humane Society (usually found in the Business section of your phone book)

Your County Animal Services/Animal Control (found in the County Government section of the phone book)

Your County Extension Office (found in the County Government section of the phone book) or on the web at Living Green - Local Information.

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

Wildlife Emergency Information from WILDLIFE International

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Q: What kind of immediate care can I provide to injured or abandoned wildlife?

A: See UF/IFAS publication online at What to do about Orphaned, Injured or Sick Wildlife (as PDF or HTML)

Keep in mind that baby animals may APPEAR to be abandoned, but are not. Some parent animals leave their young hidden while they go to feed (white-tailed deer), or actually nest on the ground on a scattered bed of leaves (wild turkeys and other game birds). So it's best to wait to see if the parent attends to the baby where you find it before you take the baby away.

Baby birds: They are usually not abandoned. They may have flown from nest before they were really ready to fly, but will be ready to fly next day probably. If parents see their baby bird on the ground, they will often feed it. If the baby bird is featherless, try to find the nest and place it back in the nest if possible.

NOTE: Birds cannot smell well enough to detect if you have touched the baby bird. Bird parents WILL continue to feed the baby bird after you've touched it.

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Q: How can I help?

A: Helping Wildlife (Tips from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

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Reporting an injured or dead Manatee: Call 1-888-404-FWCC

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Reporting an injured or dead Sea Turtle: Call 1-888-404-FWCC (ID# 274-4867)

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Dead birds and West Nile Virus:

Florida Arboviral Encephalitis and West Nile Virus Information and
Florida’s birdlife (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

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Fish Kill Hotline:

Report a fish kill, diseased fish, or fish with other abnormalities directly to the Aquatic Health Group at FWC's Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg: 1-800-636-0511

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