We live in a modern world, which is often urbanized and dangerous to native wildlife. When a wild animal encounters humanity, it can sometimes lead to injury for that animal. Collisions with automobiles, power lines and windows are some of the most common injuries, with many animals unfortunately not surviving the encounter. Some animals also become tangled in human devices such as soccer nets and clotheslines. Wildlife rehabilitators, often working with veterinarians, are the people who rise up to try and mend these animals and return them to the wild. However, these animals are sometimes too badly injured to be returned to the wild with any chance of survival.
The Wildlife Center at Georgia Southern University is NOT permitted or licensed to operate as a rehabilitation facility. All wildlife rehabilitators in the state of Georgia must have proper permits from the GA Department of Natural Resources to operate and maintain proper rehabilitation facilities. The Wildlife Center has neither the permits or facilities to take in injured wildlife.
What to do if you have found an injured wild animal:
- Do not approach or attempt to handle the animal. Injured animals are still wild and may attack or lash out in self-defense.
- If the injured animal is a baby or juvenile, please vacate the area once you have taken a quick assessment, the mother may be in the area and may try to defend her offspring.
- Take note of the exact location, injury and as many details you can about the animal, especially if you are not certain of the species. What color was it? How large? Any distinguishing marks? Could it stand?
- Contact the local Department of Natural Resources Office or a local Wildlife Rehabilitator. They have trained personnel and the proper equipment to handle the injured animal without causing undue harm to themselves or the animal.
Who to Call if you have discovered a Wildlife Emergency:
- Call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Regional Office at (229) 426-5267
- Or visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website for a rehabilitator in your area.
*Note: Please do not bring injured wildlife to the Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education. We cannot accept any injured wildlife.