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Injured Wildlife

Trout Lake Nature Center's Injured or Nuisance Wildlife Resources

TLNC is not permitted and does not have the resources to rehabilitate wildlife. Below are contacts and details on individuals and organizations that work with wildlife rescues and rehabilitation. All animals except squirrels require a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to rehabilitate.

Other sources of information about injured wildlife are:

Animal Help Now Website with a search feature for wildlife conflicts and emergencies based on a zipcode search.  

Rescuing Wildlife Ocala Assists with capturing wildlife and transporting them to licensed rehabilitators or rehabbers in Marion and surrounding counties.



You place the injured bird in a box. Close the box securely so it doesn’t escape but leave space for air to get in. Place the box in a quiet, dark place away from extreme heat or cold. DO NOT offer the bird food or water.

  • Ahopha Rescue Inc., 386-233-1054, DeLeon Springs area.

  • Animal Clinic of Lady Lake, 414 Teague Trail, Lady Lake 352-753-5333 No baby song birds, reptiles or animals w/hoofs. Will do squirrels. Must deliver.

  • Audubon Birds of Prey Center, 407-644-0190, Volunteer in area Janice Buczkewski C: 407-333-4440.

  • Carol Hawk (near fairgrounds) Cell 352-409-4216 Transport birds to Birds of Prey Center Or try 352-357-1541

  • Avian Reconditioning Center or Carol McCorcall, 407-461-1056 ,323 West Lester Rd, Apopka. Birds of prey only, must deliver bird to Center.

  • Back to Nature (SE Orlando), 407-568-5138, Birds (no Sandhill cranes) and small mammals.

  • Featherland Avian Rehab Center or Anita DeVillegas ,352-229-4477, No baby song birds. Will do some pick-ups and capture depending on distance.

  • Marine Science Center (Volusia), 386-304-5545, Mainly water birds.

  • Sea World, 407-351-3600 Choose Opt. 4 Leave a message and they will call back. Not currently taking birds due to the risk of Avian Influenza.

  • Dana Powers, 407-925-3219, Lake and Orange counties for cranes, herons and waterbirds. Note: Sandhill cranes with broken legs that can fly are almost impossible to safely capture for treatment. Many sandhills can survive for years with a broken leg.

  • Jean Hopkins 407-948-3354 (Clermont) –Birds will do songbirds

  • Rita 434-944-8975–Will do some baby or song birds

  • Jan O'Connell, 352-589-0199–Will do some baby or song birds




   General care information

  • Warm up the baby/babies. Baby squirrels loose body heat very quickly when they are not in their nest. A heating pad on low placed under a box lined with cloth is the best way warm up a baby squirrel.  Do not place the babies directly on the heating pad.

  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED THE BABIES!  While it is important to get the baby fed and hydrated, feeding a baby squirrel is tricky business. If you don’t know what you are doing, you could more harm than good.  Feeding a dehydrated squirrel can kill them.

  • If you are in the Central Florida area Squirrel Angel will arrange to meet up and take the baby in for rehabilitation.  If you are not in the Central Florida area, try to find a squirrel or other wildlife rehab in you area.Call 352-593-1302 or email Their website is

Bats & Tortoises

  • City Bat Conservancy 407-409-0373 Bats and Gopher Tortoises


Nuisance Wildlife or Domestic Animals

  • Lake County Animal Shelter 352-343-9688 Closed Wednesdays.

  • Humane Society 16435 McKinley Rd, Umatilla 352-589-7400 Closed Mondays and Sundays, cats and dogs only.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or FWC 352-732-1225


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