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.
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For resources relating to Coyotes, visit our Coyote Page.
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 email@example.com
- Injured Deer or Black Bear
- 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.
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.
- General information on nuisance wildlife is available from The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. For damage control, you may contact one of their licensed Wildlife Damage Control Agents. Or you can visit their animal listings to find information related to a specific type of nuisance animal.
- The Humane Society of the United States also offers information on wildlife management.
- Creative Learning About Wildlife Species (CLAWS) offers educational and rehabilitation information to residents of Orange County and beyond.
- Piedmont Wildlife Center supports native North American wildlife and its habitat through education and research.
- Triangle Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic provides education on native North American wildlife.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on any of the links below forinformational wildlife flyers provided by CLAWS, Inc.
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.
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.
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Livestock Rabies Meeting
Thursday, July 29th
The Orange County Animal Services Department is inviting livestock and equine owners to attend a Rabies Informational Meeting on Tuesday, July 29, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Schley Grange Hall in Hillsborough. The featured speaker will be Dr. Carol Woodlief, DVM, Regional Veterinarian for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Free and open to the public!
SNAP-NC Surgery Date
Friday, August 1st
SNAP-NC will be in the parking lot of the Animal Services Center for their regular schedule surgeries on Friday, August 1st. To make an appointment with SNAP or to see other dates and locations, visit them online at http://www.snap-nc.org/
Wednesday, August 20th
We are partnering with SNAP-NC to offer free spay/neuter surgeries to the pets of qualifying Orange County residents on August 20th. Households that receive services from the Orange County Department of Social Services or who qualify by their combined income may participate. To see if you qualify, call 919-942-7387 extension 223 or 224. Must register by August 8th!
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!!