Found a Coyote, Bear, Cougar, or Wolf?

Central Oregon Large Predatory Mammals

Cougars, bears, and wolves, and coyotes are large predatory mammals native to Oregon.

Rehabilitation of large predatory species is prohibited in the state of Oregon. If you have found a suspected or confirmed orphaned large predator, contact ODFW as soon as possible.

DO NOT offer food or water to injured or orphaned wildlife! 

Below are tips for what to do if you find injured or orphaned large predatory mammals.

Injured or Orphaned Large Predatory Mammals

Injured Large Predators:

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife prohibits the rehabilitation of these species.

If you suspect a cougar, bear, wolf, or coyote is injured, contact your local ODFW office.

Do not attempt to handle these species.

 

Orphaned Large Predators: 

Coyotes: Baby coyotes begin to leave their dens around 2-3 weeks of age. They typically become independent and separate from their parents around 4-6 months of age in early-mid fall. When coyotes are first born, they are covered in short, dark fur and about 5.5-8in in length. Baby coyotes look remarkably similar to domestic dog puppies, with rounded ears and blunt noses that will eventually become more triangular in shape as they age. Signs a coyote may be orphaned and need help could include; baby is approaching people, frequently vocalizing, too young to walk or move around, known certainty that parents were killed. 

Bears: Babies orphaned within or before their second hibernation period (their first winter) have a very limited chance of survival without their mother. However, mothers are fiercely protective of their cubs and cubs should NOT be approached even if you believe they may be orphaned.

If you suspect a cougar, bear, wolf, or coyote is orphaned, contact your local ODFW office.

Do not attempt to handle these species.