Injured Wildlife



Did you find a young bird who appears injured because he can't fly?  He may be a fledgling and not injured at all!

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Photo courtesy Jayne Amico

If you have found an injured wild animal, the first thing to do is try to contain the animal and keep him in a stress-free environment until you can make contact with a wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian.  DO NOT give the animal food or water unless instructed to do so by a rehabilitator. 

Below you will find tips for containment strategies, as well as listing of wildlife rehabilitators in your area.

Containment Strategies

Click here for birds

Click here for mammals


Locating a Wildlife Rehabilitator

The following links will help you locate a rehabilitator near you.  Keep in mind that rehabilitators are volunteers and care for these animals at their own expense.  Very few rehabilitators have a pick-up service, so you may need to contain and transport the animal if it is safe to do so.  Please note that the following links are not maintained by The CWRA, and some listings may no longer be current.  Don’t get discouraged – you may have to make more than one phone call to locate a rehabilitator near you.


Click here to Locate a Wildlife Rehabilitator in Connecticut

Occasionally, this link may be temporarily unavailable.  This is a technical problem beyond our control.  If the link does not work, please scroll down and use one of the national directories, which have listings for Connecticut, or the link for the CWRA provided under the state listings.  Thank you!



Wildlife International

State Agencies (State agencies oversee the licensing of rehabilitators and may be able to help you locate one in your area.  Responsiveness varies from state to state.)

State Rehabilitation Associations

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association


State Listings:

Arizona: AZ G&FD

Connecticut:  CWRACT DEP

Indiana: IN DNR (scroll down to second set of boxes for rehabilitators, Nuisance Wildlife Professionals will not be able to help you)


Massachusetts:  Mass Wildlife

North Carolina:

New Jersey:  NJ F&W

New York:  NYSWRC

Ohio: OWRA


A Special Note on Zoonotic Diseases

A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans.  Therefore, it is important to take the necessary sanitary and safety precautions when handling wild animals.  However, the perceived risks of some zoonotic diseases are often much greater than the actual risks.  For example, rabies is a well-known and often feared zoonotic disease, but it causes, on average, two deaths in the United States per year.  Click here for further information.