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Confirm the mammal is not sick or injured

The following are indications that a mammal may be sick or injured:

  • The animal is quiet, dull, the eyes may be closed, it may be thin, and it may not try to get away from you.
  • The fur may be unkempt and/or there may be obvious wounds.
  • Other abnormalities can include breathing problems, discharge from the eyes/nose, diarrhea, and lameness or inability to stand.

If you've found healthy wildlife

If you have found an animal that is not injured or orphaned, please leave it alone. Wild animals have the best chances for survival in the wild. It is illegal to relocate wildlife in Massachusetts. Tufts Wildlife Clinic ONLY admits sick or injured animals. We do not have any ambulatory service to pick up wildlife.

For assistance, try the following resources:

For bird species questions please call Andrew Vitz, MA Fish and Wildlife State Ornithologist at 508-389-6300.

For further information on living with wildlife, please use the following links:

Please Note!

Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a proper state or federal permit.

Is it a rabies-vector species?

Rabies-vector species need to be handled differently.

Mammals - Raccoon
Mammals - Woodchuck
Mammals - Skunk
Mammals - Bat