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injured wildlife

Healthy Animals, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT INJURED OR ORPHANED WILDLIFE: WSU personnel are NOT able to retrieve injured or orphaned wildlife. Wildlife are the property of the state of their origin and are also sometimes regulated by the federal government. People with concerns about ill or injured wildlife are urged to contact the local offices of that states’ fish and wildlife service. WSU’s veterinary teaching hospital will gladly assess wildlife brought to us and make a determination as to a course of care. As a final note, please be aware that some animals may carry diseases that can infect humans. The most notable is rabies, which can infect all mammals. The source of rabies in wildlife in Washington has been limited to the big brown bat but there is no reason to believe other bats could not be infected. In general, if a bat is healthy, no human should be able to touch it. If you can, and do touch a bat, you run the risk of being exposed to rabies which requires an extensive and expensive course of injections to prevent this essentially 100 percent fatal disease from developing. Again, Bats like all wildlife fall under the control of their state’s game agency and most provide important information about handling all wild animals, especially bats.

If you find an injured raptor, seek help from a local wildlife agent or veterinarian, or call the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 509-335-0711.  
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