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.
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For resources relating to Coyotes, visit our Coyote Page.
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 email@example.com
- Injured Deer or Black Bear
Creative Learning About Wildlife Species (CLAWS)(919-619-0776) can assist with rehabilitation and information.
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.
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.
General information on nuisance wildlife is available from The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Click here to see their section on wildlife problems. For damage control, you may contact one of their licensed Wildlife Damage Control Agents. Or you can visit their animal listings to find information related to a specific type of nuisance animal.
The Humane Society of the United States also offers information on wildlife management.
Creative Learning About Wildlife Species (CLAWS) offers educational and rehabilitation information to residents of Orange County and beyond.
Piedmont Wildlife Center supports native North American wildlife and its habitat through education and research.
Triangle Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic provides education on native North American wildlife.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on any of the links below for informational wildlife flyers provided by CLAWS, Inc.
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
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.