- Explore wildlife rehabilitation
- 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 wildlife rehabilitators. Forty-one Wisconsin counties are designated as CWD affected and the deer rehabilitation policy is in effect that outlines the desired procedures for the intake, release and marking of deer to address disease management issues as well as compliance with state and federal laws. Specific geographic guidance will be communicated by the department directly to all licensed rehabilitators in the state annually or more frequently if necessary. Additional information is available through the Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.
If you see a fawn you think may be orphaned or injured, do not touch it. First call the DNR's call center for assistance, including help in finding a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. If it is determined that a deer is in need of rehabilitation there are several deer rehabilitators. The contact information can be found in the rehabilitation directory.