What to Do if You Find Injured Animals in Florida

Do not pick up animals or remove them from their natural environment.

If you feel you must take immediate action to save an animal’s life, take extreme caution to protect yourself, wear appropriate protective gear & try to avoid touching the injured animals directly.  

If you find an injured or orphaned animal, you should report it to the closest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Regional Office or an FWC-licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area.

Below you will find a listing of Regional Offices and contact info.

Keep in Mind:

You may find wild baby animals outside during spring. This is not to raise alarm, as many baby animals are just entering the world and learning to fend for themselves. Wild baby animals might appear in need or hungry, but unless the animal is truly orphaned or injured, there is no need to intervene.

Some Ducklings are just Ugly, not injured!

Here are a few signs that a wild animal needs your help

If you encounter an animal with the warnings below, please contact your F.W.C. office to report the issues:

  • Injured animal presented by cat or dog
  • Evidence of bleeding or broken bones
  • Featherless or nearly featherless shivering birds on the ground
  • An animal crying and wandering for an entire day or nearby a dead parent

You can call the South Florida Wildlife Resource Center at (954) 524-4302 ext.10 or any of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Regional Offices below:

Northwest Region
Billy Sermons, Regional Director
3911 Hwy. 2321
Panama City, FL 32409-1658

North Central Region
Chris Wynn, Regional Director
3377 E. U.S. Highway 90
Lake City, FL 32055-8795

Northeast Region
Shannon Wright, Regional Director
1239 S.W. 10th Street
Ocala, FL 34471-0323

Southwest Region
Thomas Graef, Regional Director
3900 Drane Field Road
Lakeland, FL 33811-1207

South Region
Dr. Thomas Reinert, Regional Director
8535 Northlake Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33412

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