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Injured or Found Birds

Please refer to the following contact options – depending upon the circumstances – if you have questions or need guidance about orphaned, apparently injured or ill, or potentially nuisance birds of prey (raptors). The Raptor Research Center focuses on research and education and does not provide wildlife rescue services.

Found Chicks or Nestlings:

If raptor chicks or nestlings are found outside of a nest, attempt to locate the nearby nest and replace them in the nest if it is accessible. If the nest is not accessible, place young raptors in nearby cover for the parents to find or leave the chicks or fledglings alone.

Apparently Injured or Ill Birds:

Federally Permitted Idaho Rehabilitators:

If raptors (or other birds) are found that appear to be injured or ill, locate a federally permitted migratory bird rehabilitation facility near you. It is recommended to get birds to the closest rehabilitator as soon as possible, particularly when experiencing an outbreak such as the highly pathogenic avian influenza. Click the button below to use the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s excellent, up-to-date bird rehabilitation locator tool.

Find a Migratory Bird Rehab Facility

Immediate Medical Treatment:

Contact one of the following if you cannot reach a nearby rehabilitator and a bird appears to be in need of immediate medical treatment. Veterinarians are authorized to do basic triage, stabilization, and transfer, but not rehabilitation without a rehabilitation permit.

    • Treasure Valley Veterinary Hospital
      2600 S. Meridian Rd., Meridian, ID
      888-4844
    • Long Valley Vet Clinic – Janet Houlihan
      13712 Highway 55, McCall, ID
      634-2660

Other Sources of Information/Help:

      • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
        Columbia-Pacific Northwest (Legacy Region 1)
        Permit Office: 503-872-2715 | permitsr1mb@fws.gov
      • Idaho Department of Fish and Game – See Office/Region Locations for local contact info
      • Ruth Melichar Bird Center – 208-338-0897 (Hotline number)
        4650 N. 36th St., Boise
      • Animals in Distress Association – 208-367-1026

Potentially Nuisance Birds:

Contact the following agencies with questions, permit requests, and reports regarding a raptor that is considered aggressive, a nuisance, or a potential threat.

    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      Columbia-Pacific Northwest (Legacy Region 1)
      Permit Office: 503-872-2715 | permitsr1mb@fws.gov
    • Idaho Department of Fish and Game – See Office/Region Locations for local contact info
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services – Toll-Free Number 1-866-4USDAWS
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