Wildlife and Other Animals

Find out where to get answers to common questions about wildlife and other animals in your community.

Report a Dead, Abandoned, or Injured Animal


Report Dead Fish and Wildlife

Abandoned or Injured Animal


If you find a young animal, do not assume it has been abandoned. Often, the parents are just out hunting or feeding. Wait at least four hours for the parent to return before taking action.

Once you are certain that the wild animal is abandoned, or immediately in the case of an injured wild animal, you can contact the following offices for help with finding a rehabilitator:

If you see an animal, such as a black bear or cougar, that is out of its normal territory or has some abnormality, contact your state fish and wildlife office.

Domestic Animals

If you find an abandoned or injured domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, call your local animal shelter or humane society. You can find their number online or in your local telephone directory.

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Each state grants permits (fishing licenses) and determines:

  • Closed periods (seasons) where specific species are unavailable for harvest
  • Restrictions on gear types
  • Quotas

To learn the laws and regulations for recreational fishing in you state, contact your state fish and wildlife agency

Fishing in Recreational Areas

There are many recreational sites that allow fishing. For location information, contact a state fish and wildlife agency or a federal recreation area.

Saltwater Fishing

Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Resources for Fishermen. You can also find information on the National Saltwater Angler Registry.

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National Wildlife Refuges

The National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) administers a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States. The NWRS:

Locate a Refuge

To find a wildlife refuge near you, visit the national wildlife refuge locator.

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Last Updated: March 14, 2017

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