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Wild Animals

Keep Wild Animals Wild—Enjoy Wild Animals in their Habitat, Not Your Home

  • If you should see an injured or "orphaned" wild animal, don't touch it. Call the Dane County Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Program at 608-838-0413, ext. 151.
  • For the removal of nuisance wildlife, call a private pest control service.
  • The possession of almost all wild animals is illegal in Wisconsin. Birds are protected by federal law, mammals and other wildlife by state law. You must have a permit from the proper governmental agency to keep a wild mammal or bird. And, strange as it seems, it may be perfectly legal for a pet store to sell you a wild animal and illegal for you to possess it.
  • Five Reasons to Keep Wildlife Wild, Wisconsin DNR
  • Coexisting with Coyotes

Resources

Key Contacts
  • Animal Services Office:
    (608) 267-1989
  • Animal Services Officer Dispatch:
    (608) 255-2345
  • Dane County Humane Society:
    (608) 838-0413
  • Dane County Humane Society's Wildlife Center:
    (608) 838-0413 (ext 151)
For removal of nuisance wildlife, call a private pest control service.