What to Do If You Find:
- Orphaned or abandoned animals
Chances are the parent(s) are nearby. Visit the Care of Young Wildlife page.
- Injured animals
-Call your local DEC Regional Wildlife Office (during office hours only) or contact a wildlife rehabilitator near you
-Call the Environmental Conservation Officers dispatch line at 1-877-457-5680 or contact a wildlife rehabilitator near you.
- Dead animals
Review DEC's reporting instructions.
- Sick or diseased animals
Email DEC's Wildlife Bureau (it is helpful to submit a photo with your description if possible).
- Wild animals on personal property
Find out more about nuisance wildlife species, and the steps DEC recommends you take.
- Animals with rabies
Visit NYS Department of Health (DOH) rabies webpage for more information (leaves DEC website).
- Domestic animals caught in traps
Call your local police department.