Injured Wildlife and Care
What should I do if I find a sick or injured animal, or a young animal that has been abandoned?
It is against the law in Maine to handle or care for wild animals (including birds) unless you have specific state and federal permits.
Remember that a young animal found away from its parents may not have been abandoned. Before assuming the worst, observe the animal for some time from a distance to see if a parent returns to care for it.
If you find a wild animal that you believe is sick or injured, or a young animal that has been abandoned, please consult a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. A list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators can be found at the following website:
If you are unable to reach a wildlife rehabilitator, try calling a veterinarian, game warden, local animal-control officer, animal shelter, or the state police for assistance.
If the animal is already in your care, place it in a well-ventilated box away from pets and children until you can get in touch with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Please do not offer the animal any food or water. We appreciate your care for wildlife, but remember it is against the law to care for a wild animal without the proper permits.