Because we care
We treat injured wildlife.
Treating injured wildlife
We love being nestled in the middle of Big Sky Country! We are here to help you with your pets, but our passion extends to all Montana’s creatures. We hope the following information will be helpful to our community so we can all help keep Montana the ‘Last Best Place!’
Each year, we have tons of Good Samaritans in our community who call for guidance in helping potentially injured or distressed wild animals. Moore Lane is happy to help with all of your small animal needs, including those of injured wildlife. However, in the spring, many baby animals are often mistaken for injured wildlife. Here are some tips to help determine what to do when you find potentially injured wildlife:
- Public safety is always our first concern when dealing with wildlife. Do not approach any animal that appears aggressive in nature. Wear thick leather gloves and attempt to put the wild animal into a cardboard box or disposable container. Many wild animals carry diseases that are transmissible to either you or your pet. Do not risk your own safety when attempting to help a wild animal. Although it may be tempting, we recommend that you do not allow your children to hold or touch a wild animal.
- For larger mammals that can potentially carry the rabies virus, contact Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. It is unlawful to keep or attempt to rehabilitate these animals without a license to do so. Examples include raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes.
- For large game animals, we also recommend you call Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Although we would love to play a larger role in helping injured game, we do not have the capacity to do so at this time.
- For birds of prey, like raptors or owls, we rely on the Montana Raptor Center (MRC) in Bozeman. MLVH is happy to provide temporary care and sanctuary for the bird while MRC arranges transport.
MLVH is always looking to partner with other licensed and reputable rehabilitation centers in the area that specialize in helping certain animals. Whenever possible, we will utilize the more specialized rehabilitation source to try to ensure the best chance of survival for all Montana’s creatures.