Wildlife FAQ's

Is There a Wild Animal in Need of Assistance?

See our questions and answers for guidance.

I’ve encountered an injured or orphaned wild animal. What should I do? 

  • Stay calm and call us immediately at (219) 299-8027
  • Wear gloves or use a towel if you have to handle the animal. 
  • Remember, the animal is just as scared of you as you are of it. 
  • Do NOT corner the animal in a confined space. Keep all pets and children away from the animal.

I found a baby animal. What is the next step?

  • Search for the den or nest. Hollow logs and trees make great nesting sites for many mammals. 
  • If the parent is still around, leave the area and watch from a distance to see if the parent will retrieve the baby. 
  • If the parents have not returned, call before removing the animal. Species such as    deer and rabbits generally don’t need to be rescued because the parents are watching from a distance.
  • I found a baby bird. How should I proceed? 
  • Search for the nest. Nests can be located in trees, flower pots, or in a bush. Place the baby back in the nest. 
  • If the bird has most of its feather, let it be. It is a fledgling and is learning to fly. It may take up to five days for the fledgling to leave the ground. 
  • Bring in all domestic pets and watch from a distance to see if the mother is still feeding. 
  • Call if it appears to be injured, and before removing the animal.

I found an injured animal. What do I do? 

  • Attempt to contain the animal in a secure box, kennel or tote with plenty of ventilation. 
  • Transport to our center immediately. 
  • If after hours place the animal in a dark, quite, warm location and transport to our center in the morning. 
  • If a rescue is needed with such species as adult raccoons or raptors, call us immediately to coordinate a rescue.