Found an Animal?

Wildlife Hotline: (541) 241-8680

Think Wild's wildlife hotline...

  • Monitored 7 days a week
  • Spring and Summer Hours (May - September): 8 am - 4 pm
  • Fall and Winter Hours (October - April): 9 am - 3 pm
  • Call or text with wildlife questions and concerns - photos are very helpful!
  • Leave a detailed voicemail or text if you do not reach us

 

If it is safe and necessary to capture wildlife...

  • Wear heavy gloves
  • Use a towel, blanket, or bed sheet to contain the animal
  • Gently place the animal in a box or crate with ventilation
  • Keep in a warm, dark, quiet place
  • Use a heating pad or warm water bottle in colder months
  • Do not offer wildlife food or water unless instructed to do so by our staff

 

Look below for situation-specific information. 

 

Found a songbird?

  • Injured adults require care
  • Orphans may be renested/ reunited
  • All cat-caught birds need immediate care
  • Learn more about how to help here

Found a small mammal?

  • Injured adults require care
  • Orphans may be renested/ reunited
  • Cat-caught animals require immediate care
  • Learn more about how to help here

Found a hawk, owl, falcon, eagle, or vulture?

  • Injured adults require care
  • Orphans may be renested/ reunited
  • Learn more here

Found a raccoon?

  • Injured adults require care
  • Orphans may be reunited
  • Do not handle - rabies vector species
  • Learn more here

Found a rabbit?

  • ODFW currently  prohibits rehabilitation of rabbits
  • Think Wild is permitted to euthanize injured adults
  • Orphans may be renested/ reunited
  • Learn more here

Found a duck, goose or other water bird?

  • ODFW currently prohibits rehabilitation of adult waterfowl
  • Orphaned young may be reunited, fostered, or rehabilitated
  • Learn more here

Found a deer or fawn?

  • ODFW prohibits rehabilitation of adult deer
  • Injured deer can sometimes recover
  • It is common to find fawns alone
  • Learn more here

Found a beaver or porcupine?

  • Injured adults require care
  • Orphaned young may be reunited
  • Learn more here

Found a skunk?

  • Injured adults require care
  • Orphans may be reunited
  • Do not handle - rabies vector species
  • Learn more here

Found a river otter, badger, weasel, fisher or wolverine?

  • Injured adults require care
  • Orphans may be reunited
  • Do not handle - rabies vector species
  • Learn more here

Found a bat?

  • Injured adults require care
  • Do not handle - rabies vector species
  • Learn more here

Found a fox or bobcat?

  • Injured adults require care
  • Orphans may be reunited
  • Do not handle - rabies vector species
  • Learn more here

Found a quail, grouse, or other upland game bird?

  • Orphaned babies should be reunited if possible
  • Injured babies and adults require care
  • Learn more here

Found a reptile or amphibian?

  • Avoid use of rodenticides and glue traps
  • Injured amphibians and reptiles require care
  • Learn more here

Found a coyote, bear, cougar, or wolf?

  • ODFW prohibits the rehabilitation of these large predators
  • Learn more here

Injured or Sick Wildlife​

 

Below are reasons to suspect an animal needs care from a wildlife rehabilitator. Please be sure to call or text the wildlife hotline before approaching or handling wildlife. We can help you determine the best course of action.

  • Visible wounds, blood, or debris on the animal
  • Very heavy or very shallow breathing
  • Vomiting or diarrhea 
  • Neurologic symptoms: balance issues, walking in circles, head tic, etc.
  • Lethargy
  • Shaking
  • Visibly emaciated (bones visible beneath loose skin)
  • Crusty eyes or nasal discharge
  • Adult bird unable to take flight
  • Visibly uneven wings
  • Animal entangled in barbed wire, garden netting, fencing, etc.
  • Window strike
  • Caught by a predator or domestic animal (ALL cat-caught native wildlife require treatment)

 

If you are not sure whether an animal is injured or sick, call or text the wildlife hotline (541) 241-8680.

 

Additional Information​

 

Wild animals have unique nutritional, feeding, care and rehabilitation requirements. To ensure their best chance for survival, please seek help from a qualified licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Removing or capturing wildlife from the wild and keeping it in captivity without a permit is against the law. It is considered a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $6,250 fine. Learn more at ODFW Wildlife website.

Think Wild and other licensed wildlife rehabilitators are only permitted to treat native Oregon wildlife. We can only accept non-native species for humane euthanasia if the animal is severely injured or sick.

Some common non-native species in Oregon are

  • Eurasian collared doves
  • European starlings
  • Rock pigeons
  • House sparrows
  • Chukar
  • North American bullfrogs
  • Virginia opossums
  • Norway rats
  • Domesticated animals

 

Think Wild is not permitted to accept deer, coyotes, cougar, wolves, or bears. Please call your local ODFW field office with concerns about these species. The Bend ODFW phone number is (541) 388-6363.

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions. 

We do not provide wildlife carcass removal services. Click here for Dead Animal Removal Service Bend.

Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers in Oregon

Domestic Animal Sanctuaries in Oregon