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Wildlife Resources

Animal Services is merely a resource for information and/or referral when it comes to most wildlife. Only potential rabies cases and cases where there is a matter of public safety should be handled directly through Animal Services.  Other wildlife matters should be directed to one of the area wildlife organizations through the information listed below.

For wildlife emergencies involving humans, please call 911.  Most animals can bite or claw and may harbor illnesses which can be transmitted to people, including rabies. We recommend contacting a wildlife resource regarding your concern with any wild animals. 

Feeding wildlife (of any species) can be particularly dangerous for all involved. 

Click the links below to move to the appropriate section on this page

Injured & Orphaned Wildlife

Nuisance Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Species Information

Informational Wildlife Flyers

Deceased Wildlife

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For resources relating to Coyotes, visit our Coyote Page.

Injured or Orphaned Wildlife Resources

Many orphaned animals are purposely left by their mothers for many hours of the day.  If you have found what appears to be an abandoned or needy animal, check with one of the area wildlife rehabilitation services BEFORE touching or removing the animal.

  • The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (919-707-0201) has information on nuisance wildlife, trapping, relocating wildlife within North Carolina and contact information for local wildlife rehabilitators. For ill or injured wildlife, call them at 1-800-662-7137.
    • Injured Deer or Black Bear
      The Wildlife Enforcement Division should be called in the case of injured deer or black bear at 1-800-662-7137.
    • Injured Endangered/Threatened Species
      If the injured animal can be identified as an endangered or threatened species, contact the Wildlife Enforcement Division at 1-800-662-7137, or 919-707-0040 or the US Fish and Wildlife Service at 919-856-4786.

    • To speak with an enforcement officer, call the enforcement division or contact:

      Jason M. Allen, Wildlife Biologist

      N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, District  5 at 336-524-9801 or jason.allen@ncwildlife.org

  • Creative Learning About Wildlife Species (CLAWS)(919-619-0776) can assist withrehabilitation and information.
  • Turtle Rescue Team is part of NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine and provides medical and husbandry care for sick and injured wild turtles, reptiles, and amphibians in the hopes of returning them to their natural habitat. 
  • Wildlife Welfare (919-387-1662) offers information and instructions regarding abandoned or injured wildlife.deer photo

 

Nuisance Wildlife Resources

Animal Services does not generally deal with nuisance wildlife.  Services are available from companies specializing in pest or critter control.  Many wildlife "problems" can be prevented by some straightforward steps identified in resources listed below. 

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Wildlife Species Information

Information has been provided by the NC Wildlife Resource Commission on many NC species and how to handle coexisting with them.  Click here to view a listing of species resources.

Also, you may contact a state wildlife biologist about specific species or other wildlife matters.

Jason M. Allen, Wildlife Biologist

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, District  5

336-524-9801 or jason.allen@ncwildlife.org

 

Informational Wildlife Flyers

Click on any of the links below forinformational wildlife flyers provided by CLAWS, Inc.  

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Baby Deer- is it injured or supposed to be alone?     

Baby Birds- Should it be in a nest? 

Baby Birds- Don't feed worms!  

Type of Raptor- does it belong in a nest?

Feeding Baby Wildlife-Read Before You Feed!    

Feeding Wildlife in Your Yard

Evacuation of Wildlife    

What to do if You Find A Trapped Animal   

Mowing Dangers for Wildlife- Baby Bunny Flyer & General Mowing for Yard Animals       

 

Deceased Wildlife Resources

If you have found wildlife that is inside Orange County and already deceased, the following resources are available for assistance or removal.

  • For animals in or beside a roadway, the Department of Transportation should be notified to safely remove them.

Dead Animal Pick Up

    • Hillsborough City: 919-732-1270
    • Unincorporated Orange County: 919-732-4330
    • Chapel Hill: 919-969-5100
    • Carrboro: 919-918-7425
  • For animals that are on private property or more than 50 feet from a road, citizens should either bury them or call the Department of Transportation to inquire about other possible disposal options.

Animal Services does not provide this service.

 

Quick Links

 

Animal Services Facebook pageVisit us on Facebook

 

Find out what's happening with the Free Roaming Cat Task Force, a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board.

Find out all you need to know about Rabies in Orange County and beyond on our Rabies Page.

Orange County Giving Fund

Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page

 

mobile web page

We now have a Mobile Page, designed to help you view our site on your mobile device.  Click HERE to use it!

animal cam

 

Check out our Animal Cam to see animals in our Featured Pet Room 24 hours a day!

 


 

Upcoming Events

Flyleaf Book Reading

September 18, 2014

7-8 p.m.

Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill

Join author Nancy Castaldo as she discusses her children's nonfiction book, 'Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Saved the World.' A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated by Flyleaf to Animal Services and Nancy will have real "sniffer dogs" on site!

 

Pet Preparedness Seminar

September 22nd

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill

This event is part of National Safety Preparedness Month and will combine staff from Emergency Services and Animal Services in a fun and informative seminar on how to prepare your pet and household for an emergency!  Learn to have a pet "go-bag" prepared and ready, and other important tips to keep yourself and your pets safe and identified in an emergency.

Spay Neuter Day

September 30th

Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill

We will be partnering with SNAP-NC once again to offer FREE spay and neuter surgeries to the pets of qualifying Orange County citizens.  Contact Sarah Fallin at 919-942-7387, ext. 224 to see if you qualify! Registration closes September 19.

2 For 1 Cat Special

April - October

Adopt 2 cats together and get the second for only $50 every year from April through October. Much research shows the advantages of adopting cats in pairs. See the perks yourself by taking advantage of our special today!!