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WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION ON SICK, INJURED OR ORPHANED WILDLIFE IN GEORGIA

        I cannot count the numbers of times people have told me that it is often difficult and frustrating to find information on how to deal with wildlife that appear to be in trouble.  In hopes of demystifying this process, here are two sources of information that you will find invaluable when you are faced with trying to come to the aid of a wild critter that appears to be injured, sick, or orphaned.

       Whenever you encounter such an animal the first thing you should do is to determine whether to animal actually needs assistance. The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division has an excellent site designed to help you safely make that important decision.  The address of the website is    https://georgiawildlife.com/sick-injured-or-orphaned-wildlife.

       If you decide that the animal needs care, don’t attempt to provide it yourself.  Instead take it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. You can find the roster of these dedicated men and women at a site entitled, Georgia Wildlife Rehabilitator List. It is located the following address: https://gadnrle.org/sites/default/files/le/pdf/Special-Permits/2022%20-%201%20Q1%20June%20Wildlife%20rehab%20list.pdf

       This site will provide you with a list of Georgia’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators and their contact information.  It is arranged by both county and the animals they treat (e.g. birds, raptors, deer, small mammals, and reptiles).

       Whatever you do, do not attempt to care for an animal yourself.  Since the majority of us are not trained to address their special needs, nor possess the facilities to house them, most of our attempts end with the animal dying.  In addition, it is against the law to house and treat wildlife without a permit.

       Additional information regarding dealing with these special animals can be obtained by calling 1-800-366-2661.