Wildlife Recovery – Injured and Sick Wildlife in the Yakima Basin

At Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board, our commitment to the well-being of our local wildlife is unwavering. We fervently advocate for the rehabilitation and preservation of their habitats, recognizing the critical role they play in our ecosystem. While we passionately support these efforts, it’s important to clarify that our organization lacks the capability to directly care for injured or sick wildlife.

We understand that encounters with wildlife can sometimes be concerning, especially if they appear injured or abandoned. However, it’s crucial to remember that wildlife possesses innate survival instincts that may differ from our own perceptions. What might seem like distress to us could be a natural behavior for them.

In such situations, we strongly encourage calling the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) before intervening. WDFW is equipped with the knowledgeable staff and resources to assess and address wildlife concerns safely. WILDCOM can be reached at 360-902-2936 who can dispatch an enforcement office in your area. We have included a link below where you can search for local licensed rehabilitation facilities that can answer your questions and assist with injured or sick wildlife.

By seeking expert advice and assistance, we can ensure the best possible outcomes for both the wildlife in question and their surrounding habitats.

To find a licensed wildlife recovery agency visit:

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

To immediately report injured or sick wildlife call:

Call 911 for Immediate Assistance. To report poaching in progress, a dangerous wildlife complaint, or an emergency.

Call 877-933-9847 for non-emergency poaching/violations, or dangerous wildlife reports between 7am – 5pm. Outside of these hours of operation, please contact your local state patrol.

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

When not to ‘rescue’ a wild animal

Most wild animals do not need to be “rescued” and there is almost never a time when you should remove a baby wild animal from its natural environment. This is true even if an animal appears to be abandoned. More often than not, the parent is nearby and leaving a young animal alone usually affords it the best chance for survival.

Every year, hundreds of young wild animals such as fawns, baby seals, and baby birds are needlessly “rescued” and referred to wildlife rehabilitators. This can be harmful or fatal to the young animal, and disruptive to wildlife rehabilitators who need to concentrate limited resources on truly orphaned or injured wildlife.

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