What do I do with a Sick Animal?
In Indiana, wildlife rehabilitators have necessary state and federal
permits to house and care for sick or injured wild animals. For
a list of licensed Wild Animal Rehabilitators in your area, contact
the USDA Wildlife Services/IDNR Wildlife Conflicts Hotline at 1-800-893-4116,
your local DNR district wildlife biologist, or the Division of
Fish and Wildlife's central office at (317) 232-4080.
No federal or state agencies will provide care for sick and injured
animals. Since wild animals can carry diseases that are dangerous
to people, direct contact with wildlife is discouraged. In some
cases, a veterinarian or wildlife biologist may want to diagnose
a particular disease. The Purdue University Animal Disease Diagnostic
Laboratory (765-494-7440) offers testing of wild animals for a
fee. They will provide directions on how to prepare and send samples.
The following are links related to sick
and injured wildlife: