Wildlife Hotline: (541) 241-8680
The Wildlife Hotline is monitored 7 days a week during the Fall/Winter from 9 am to 3 pm. If we miss your call or it is outside of those hours, please leave a detailed message and see below for more information depending on the animal concern.
It is also helpful if you text a picture of the animal. If keeping overnight, many animals can be contained in a box in a dark, quiet place with a warm water bottle or heating pad to stay warm.
Found a raccoon?
Do not handle a raccoon with your bare hands. If you've found an injured or orphaned raccoon, learn more here. We can also provide tips for preventing conflicts with raccoons living in or traveling through your property.
Found a small mammal?
If your cat caught it, it will need help as soon as possible. If it is not injured, it may have fallen from its nest with mom still nearby. Don't accidentally kidnap a baby mammal! Learn more about what to do here.
Found an injured deer or fawn?
Injured adult deer cannot be rehabilitated, only euthanized. If you found a suspected orphaned fawn, note that mother deer often leave their fawns alone for hours while they forage for food. She may have decided that your yard was the perfect safe spot! If mom doesn't come back for over a day or you suspect an injury, learn more here.
Found a baby bird?
Don't accidentally kidnap a baby bird. Look around to see if you can spot a nest or adult birds of the same species nearby. If so, it may be possible to reunite it with the parents. Learn more about how to help here.
Found a bat?
Do not handle a bat with bare hands. If you or your pet has had direct contact with a bat, please check for instructions from your doctor/veterinarian. Learn more here about helping an injured or orphaned bat safely.
Found a skunk, badger, weasel, fisher or wolverine?
Be careful about approaching a skunk so that you do not get sprayed. All of these animals may also pose risks of carrying rabies. Learn more here if you think the animal may be injured or orphaned, or you need tips to prevent conflicts on your property.
Found a duck, goose or other waterbird?
Sometimes geese can become habituated to humans, especially in urban areas like Bend. Do not feed geese or ducks to prevent them from developing nutritional deficiencies or reliance on humans. Learn what to do about an injured or orphaned waterbird here.
Found a reptile or amphibian?
Aside from a rattlesnake, there are no other venomous snakes in Oregon. If you've found a tortoise - it is likely someone's lost pet - as there are no tortoises native to Oregon. Learn more about what to do if you've found an injured reptile or amphibian here.
Baby Season 101
Springtime gives birth to an abundance of baby wildlife. Here are some tips on keeping baby wild animals safe this season!
- It is common for some baby wildlife to be left alone while the parent goes hunting or foraging. Do not assume a baby animal is orphaned just because it is alone - allow time for the parent to return.
- If you find a baby bird on the ground, look for the parents or a nest to safely return it to. Sometimes they fall on the ground while fledging or in a storm.
- If you find a baby mammal, leave it be while you wait for a parent from a distance. If in danger, you can move it to a safer location wearing gloves.
- Do not feed baby wildlife. Improper diet lacks necessary nutrition and can even be toxic to the animal.
- If you suspect an animal is injured or orphaned, call Think Wild's wildlife hotline: (541) 241-8680
Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions. See Below for list of domestic animal sanctuaries.
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.
Please know that 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.
Our BIG THANKS also to these Bend area veterinarians who can receive smaller injured wildlife during the hours stated below.
East Bend Animal Hospital
Monday - Friday 8AM to 6PM
Saturday, 8AM to 1PM
409 NE Greenwood Ave #110
Bend, OR 97701
Animal Emergency Center
Evenings and Sunday
1245 SE 3rd St C3
Bend, OR 97702
Domestic Animal Sanctuaries in Oregon