Handling a Wildlife Emergency

Wildlife Hospital has resumed normal operations!

Effective 8/13/2021, our wildlife hospital is again open to admit injured and orphaned wildlife from all surrounding counties (Benton, Linn, Lane, Polk, and Marion). Callers from outside of the mid-Willamette Valley are advised to call ODFW to be referred to another rehabilitator. We continue to experience a high call volume, so we appreciate your patience.

Our admission hours are 9am-5pm, 7 days per week. Please call our wildlife hotline at 541-745-5324 prior to transporting an animal to us. We will work to answer your call as quickly as we can!

If you have an injured or orphaned wild animal outside of our service area, please contact ODFW for additional resources.

Our Wildlife Hospital is here to help navigate conflicts with wildlife, up to and including the need for emergency animal care. Use the resources below, and don’t hesitate to call us for assistance – especially if a wild animal is in need of medical attention!

Oregon Laws Protect Wildlife

First and foremost, we need to mention the state and federal laws in place that protect native wildlife:

Wild animals belong in the wild. Feeding an animal the wrong food could harm or kill it. In captivity, animals lose the chance to learn critical survival skills such as where to find food and shelter and how to escape from predators. They are much less likely to survive once returned to the wild. Keeping an animal also habituates it to people. Animals that lose their natural fear of people can dangerous.

Removing or “capturing” wildlife from the wild and keeping it in captivity without a permit is against the law. It is considered a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $6,250 fine.

– Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

While you can’t legally keep a wild animal (even to help it recover), you are allowed to possess a sick, injured, or orphaned animal for up to 24 hours while transferring it to a permitted rehabilitator or licensed veterinarian.

If you find yourself in this situation, please give us a call immediately and refer to the resources below so we can work together to care for animals in need.