are protected by Federal Law, and international
treaty. It is illegal to keep a wild bird.
However, the law does provide the ability of a person to
transport, an injured animal to a rehabber or veterinarian if
it is in need of
51, part 51 "A rehabilitation permit is required to
take, temporarily possess, or transport any migratory
bird for rehabilitation purposes. However, any person
who finds a sick, injured, or orphaned migratory bird
may, without a permit, take possession of the bird in
order to immediately transport it to a permitted
endanger a Human life in an attempt to save an animal.
If in doubt, get professional help.
a tree or going into traffic is dangerous!
attempting to rescue an animal:
You may get hit by a car.
Another car trying to avoid you, may swerve and
injure or kill themselves or a third party.
While you may not value your life over that of an
animal you can NOT make this choice for others.
You may scare the animal into traffic and cause it
not climb a tree to put a bird in a nest.
You could fall and injure or kill
Get assistance or advice from a rehabber or game ranger.
careful when picking up a raptor. Their feet are
their defense, so promptly gain control of their
feet. They have sharp
and powerful talons (nails) and beak.
is often recommended you throw a towel over it, and use
welding or other heavy duty gloves to pick it up.
Grabbing them from above and behind typically works
best. Put it in a box where it can stand up. Make air
holes in the lid prior to putting in the bird, and
fasten the lid securely so the bird can't escape. Many
people use duct tape. Try to keep the bird at room
temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit).
Keep the box, dark and quiet and get to a rehabilitator or
vet as soon as possible, within 24 hours.