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- Contact information
- For information on wildlife rehabilitation, contact:
- Nancy Businga
Wildlife health lab manager
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Wisconsin's licensed wildlife rehabilitators are specially trained to provide temporary care to sick, injured or truly orphaned wild animals. Wisconsin regulations allow a person 24 hours to transfer a wild animal to a licensed rehabilitator.
Until transport to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator can be arranged, any sick, injured and/or orphaned wildlife should be placed inside a ventilated container in a dark, warm and quiet place away from human disturbances, such as children and pets. Do not provide food or water, as this can do more harm than good if the animal is not in optimal body condition or offered the wrong diet. Recommendations for Transporting Wildlife
Wildlife rehabilitation directory
The blue counties on the map represent locations of wildlife rehabilitators. Click on the associated county for contact details. Please note that this listing only represents a portion of Wisconsin's licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Contact the DNR's call center available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. if you are having trouble locating a wildlife rehabilitator in your area. If you are a licensed Wisconsin wildlife rehabilitator and would like to be added to our webpage, please contact Wildlife Health.
Deer rehabilitation policy
Orphaned, sick or injured deer are recovered every year by the public and department staff and placed with licensed wildlife rehabilitators. To maximize the well-being and wildness of these deer and to minimize risk from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) identified in some populations of Wisconsin deer, there are requirements for deer placement and rehabilitation. The deer rehabilitation policy and current deer rehabilitation map, with specific geographic guidance will be communicated annually by the department directly to all licensed rehabilitators in the state. Key requirements in the policy include:
- deer from identified CWD affected areas can only be rehabilitated at a facility in a CWD area, and released within CWD affected areas;
- deer from identified non CWD affected areas can only be rehabilitated at a facility in a non CWD area, and released within non CWD affected areas; and
- all rehabilitated/rescued deer held for more than 24 hours shall be identified with at least one light blue colored plastic ear tag issued by the department (Note: Double-ear tagging is recommended).