If you are located outside of the state of Wyoming, you are required to contact your state Game and Fish Agency before the bird can be transported over state lines to TRC, and in some cases, there may be a closer permitted wildlife rehabilitator in your area. If you are in Idaho, visit https://idfg.idaho.gov/offices to find your regional office.
Our team is specifically trained in rescuing wild raptors. If you are unable to reach a TRC staff member, your local Game and Fish Agency can also help rescue raptors. If you already have possession of the bird, keep it in a dark box lined with a clean towel or sheet, and keep the box in a quiet and warm room. Do not attempt to feed or give water to the injured raptor- this can do more harm than good. We will get in touch with you as soon as we can. If possible, write down as much as you can about the circumstances involving the injured bird, including specific location and nearby objects, such as buildings or animals.
Teton Raptor Center is legally permitted by federal and state laws to rehabilitate raptor species. We are unable to treat songbirds, waterfowls, shorebirds, or any other non-raptor species. If you have an injured non-raptor species, contact your local Game and Fish Agency or veterinarian. To identify the injured bird and determine if is a raptor, see our page on All About Raptors or visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website.
If you find an injured raptor, special steps are needed to protect it and yourself. The following steps will ensure everyone's safety:
A: After receiving an injured raptor we start a treatment plan based on its injury or illness and consult with our veterinary advisor. After thorough treatment and rehabilitation, we always hope to return our patients to the wild!
A: We receive calls on our Injured Raptor Hotline and either a staff member or volunteer will either go rescue the bird or meet an individual who has the injured raptor. We also work with Wyoming Game and Fish and Idaho Fish and Game to transport injured raptors to our center.