Wildlife Resources

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Animal Services is merely a resource for information and/or referral when it comes to most wildlife. Only potential rabies cases and cases where there is a matter of public safety should be handled directly through Animal Services.  Other wildlife matters should be directed to one of the area wildlife organizations through the information listed below.

For wildlife emergencies involving humans, please call 911.  Most animals can bite or claw and may harbor illnesses which can be transmitted to people, including rabies. We recommend contacting a wildlife professional regarding your concern with any wild animals. 

Feeding wildlife (of any species) can be particularly dangerous for all involved. Check out this information on the Hazards of Feeding Wildlife.

Click the links below to move to the appropriate section on this page

Injured & Orphaned Wildlife

Nuisance Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Species Information

Informational Wildlife Flyers

Deceased Wildlife


For resources relating to Coyotes, visit our Coyote Page.

Injured or Orphaned Wildlife Resources

Many orphaned animals are purposely left by their mothers for many hours of the day.  If you have found what appears to be an abandoned or needy animal, check with one of the area wildlife rehabilitation services BEFORE touching or removing the animal.

  • The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (919-707-0010) has information on common wildlife species, regulations related to wildlife and wildlife disposition, and contact information for local wildlife rehabilitation services. For ill or injured wildlife, call them at 1-800-662-7137.

    • Injured Deer or Black Bear
      The Wildlife Enforcement Division should be called in the case of injured deer or black bear at 1-800-662-7137 or 919-707-0040.
    • Injured Endangered/Threatened Species
      If the injured animal can be identified as an endangered or threatened species, contact the Wildlife Enforcement Division at 1-800-662-7137, or 919-707-0040 or the US Fish and Wildlife Service at 919-856-4786. To speak with an enforcement officer, call the Enforcement Division.
    • NC WILDLIFE HELPLINE: 1-866-318-2401
      Have a wildlife problem or concern? This helpline is staffed with trained biologists who provide information and guidance on how to deal with wildlife damage, and much more.
    • To speak with your local NC Wildlife Resources Commission Biologist, contact Jason Allen at 336-524-9801 or 
  • Turtle Rescue Team is part of NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine and provides medical and husbandry care for sick and injured wild turtles, reptiles, and amphibians in the hopes of returning them to their natural habitat. 

  • Wildlife Welfare (919-387-1662) offers information and instructions regarding abandoned or injured wildlife.


Nuisance Wildlife Resources

Animal Services does not generally deal with nuisance wildlife.  Services are available from companies specializing in pest or critter control.  Many wildlife "problems" can be prevented by some straightforward steps identified in resources listed below. 


Wildlife Species Information

Various species profiles and coexisting with wildlife information has been provided by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Click here to view a listing of species resources.

Also, you may contact a state wildlife biologist about specific species or other wildlife matters.

Jason M. Allen, Wildlife Biologist

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, District  5

336-524-9801 or

Informational Wildlife Flyers

Click on any of the links below for informational wildlife flyers provided by CLAWS, Inc.  


Baby Deer- is it injured or supposed to be alone?     

Baby Birds- Should it be in a nest? 

Baby Birds- Don't feed worms!  

Type of Raptor- does it belong in a nest?

Feeding Baby Wildlife-Read Before You Feed!    

Feeding Wildlife in Your Yard

Evacuation of Wildlife    

What to do if You Find A Trapped Animal   

Mowing Dangers for Wildlife- Baby Bunny Flyer & General Mowing for Yard Animals       

Deceased Wildlife Resources

If you have found wildlife that is inside Orange County and already deceased, the following resources are available for assistance or removal.

  • For animals in or beside a roadway, the Department of Transportation should be notified to safely remove them.

Dead Animal Pick Up

    • Hillsborough City: 919-732-1270

    • Unincorporated Orange County: 919-732-4330

    • Chapel Hill: 919-969-5100

    • Carrboro: 919-918-7425

  • For animals that are on private property or more than 50 feet from a road, citizens should either bury them or call the Department of Transportation to inquire about other possible disposal options.

Animal Services does not provide this service.

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Back to School Adoption Special
August 1-31
Our annual Back to School adoption special is underway for the month of August.  Adoption fees will be slashed to the following for the entire month!
Dogs: $65
Puppies: $70
Cats: $55
Kittens: $60

Orange County's Dog Swim
Sunday, September 10
12pm - 4pm
This year's dog swim will be held at the A.D. Clark Pool in Hargraves Community Center at 216 North Roberson Street in Chapel Hill. Orange County dogs $5, Dogs from other counties $10. Dogs must be leashed and current on vaccines to enter.

Two low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinics:

Thursday, September 28
5pm -7pm

This clinic will be held at the Farmer's Market in Hillsborough, located on Margaret Lane. 

Saturday, September 30
9am -12pm

This clinic will be held at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill, located on Eubanks Road.

BOTH clinics will offer one and three-year vaccinations for $10 (must have a previous rabies certification in hand to receive 3-year vaccine- tag is not sufficient). Microchips offered for $35. Please bring animals on leashes and in carriers.  
See details and other rabies clinic dates this year on our rabies page.

Spay/Neuter Day!
Sign up by August 11 (event on August 23)
Orange County residents may qualify to have their pets fixed for FREE at our next Spay/Neuter Day, coming up on August 23.  Call Sarah at 919-942-7387 extension 224 or Cooper at extension 223 to find out details about how to qualify and sign up for this event!

Margaret's Cantina Dinner Proceeds

Every 2nd Monday of the month
Eat dinner at Margaret's Cantina on the 2nd Monday of every month and 10% of proceeds will go to the Spay/Neuter Program at Animal Services.