If You Find an Orphaned Animal
What To Do in a Wildlife Emergency
People who find a baby wild animal often think that the animal needs help and they usually want to take it to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Most of these babies are under the watchful eyes of their parents and often should be left alone.
It is important to realize that a baby animal's best chance for survival is to be raised by its natural parents.
Only the parents can teach their offspring everything they need to know about food selection, predator avoidance, and socialization. Wildlife rehabilitators can only approximate these conditions at best.
It is therefore imperative that you make every effort to reunite the parents with their wayward children before considering removing the orphan from the wild.
Do not attempt to raise an orphaned wild animal by yourself.
Call our Help Hotline at 541-745-5324 for advice before picking up a baby wild animal.
You can also download these printable pdf charts that walk you through the process of determining if a baby wild animal is truly orphaned:
Handling Orphaned Animals
for more info.
The clinic is open for admitting an injured or orphaned animal every day of the year from 9am to 7pm.