Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


What should I do with an abandoned baby bird or other animal?

It is illegal to possess or transport wildlife without a permit from WDFW. Do not take wildlife into your own care.

In almost all cases, young wild animals found alone are not abandoned and do not need your help. More often than not, leaving a young animal alone affords it the best chance for survival, because parent animals are nearby. Usually the best thing you can do is keep the young animal from being harassed by children and pets, giving it plenty of space so parent animals can tend to it or it can move out of harm’s way on its own.

If you know the parent animal is dead, or the young animal is obviously injured, you can contact a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator about the possibilities of care. See WDFW's wildlife rehabilitation website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/rehabilitation/ for more information.

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Last Updated
5th of January, 2016