Found a River Otter, Badger, Weasel, Fisher or Wolverine?

Central Oregon Mustelids

River otters, badgers, weasels, fishers, wolverines, mink, and martens are all mustelids native to Central Oregon. 

DO NOT attempt to handle mustelids - they are rabies vector species and can carry and transfer rabies without exhibiting symptoms!

Orphaned mustelids should be reunited with parents as soon as possible.

Injured mustelids should be contained and brought to Think Wild for care.

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

Below are tips for what to do if you find a mustelid.

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Orphaned Mustelids

If baby IS NOT injured

  • Leave the baby right where they are - DO NOT TOUCH the animal
  • Mustelids often have multiple dens and may be relocating babies
  • If very cold out, provide a small box turned on its side with heat support (microwaved sock filled with rice & wrapped in a towel) - DO NOT touch the animal - they will move into the box if needed
  • Monitor from a distance to see if parents return
  • Try to locate the den - look for tracks, scat, fur, soil/sand mounds
  • Contact Think Wild ASAP - (541) 241-8680

 

If baby IS INJURED (visible blood, wounds, broken limb)

  • Wear heavy gloves - do not handle mustelids with bare hands - they are rabies vector species
  • Gently usher animal into box or crate with a broom or branch if needed
  • Contain animal in a in a well-ventilated box or crate lined with a towel or blanket
  • Provide heat via microwaved sock filled with rice - wrap in a towel
  • Keep animal in a dark, quiet location away from humans and pets
  • Contact Think Wild ASAP - (541) 241-8680

Injured Mustelids

Signs a mustelid needs care: 

  • 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
  • Entanglement in barbed wire, garden netting, fencing, etc.
  • Caught by a predator or domestic animal (ALL cat-caught native wildlife require treatment)

If you find an injured mustelid...

At night or outside of hotline operating hours:

  • Wear heavy gloves - do not handle mustelids with bare hands - they are rabies vector species
  • Capture with a live trap, large box, or dog crate
  • Gently usher animal into box or crate with a broom or branch if needed
  • Keep in a dark, quiet location away from humans and pets
  • If animal is too alert to capture, please monitor until Think Wild operating hours
  • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680

 

During the day:

  • Contact Think Wild immediately - (541) 241-8680
  • Monitor the animal's condition and behavior from at least 25 feet away
  • Take photos and videos
  • Contain the animal if instructed to do so, or stay in the area until Think Wild team arrives

Please contact the wildlife hotline ASAP if you find an injured mustelid - (541) 241-8680