Injured & Orphaned Wildlife

Many young 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 (888-248-6834) 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 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 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 800-662-7137, or 919-707-0040 or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 919-856-4786. To speak with an enforcement officer, call the Enforcement Division.
    • North Carolina Wildlife Helpline: 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 Jason Allen.
    • Creative Learning About Wildlife Species (CLAWS): Can assist with rehabilitation and information. Call 919-619-0776.

  • 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 offers information and instructions regarding abandoned or injured wildlife. Call 919-387-1662 for more information.

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