DNR warns citizens about dealing with injured wildlife

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The Department of Natural Resources is warning everyone to be extra cautious when it comes to wild animals that are injured or orphaned.

The department sent out a release Monday, following weeks of controversy over a Connersville couple facing charges for rescuing an injured fawn. Those charges were eventually dropped.

Still, officials warn wild animals can scratch, bite and often have dangerous parasites on them. Some animals may appear to be abandoned, but are not. Injured animals can be dangerous and all wildlife can spread disease.

The DNR said there is a right way to deal with those animals and the best thing to do is call them.

The DNR has rehab experts trained to handle injured wildlife. They will also issue special rehab permits to qualified individuals.


  • Kathy Smith

    I agree that contacting the DNR is the best thing to do. However a few years ago we had a raccoon that was injured and being distructive. We trapped it in a live trap and called the DNR. We were told that we should deal with it, because if they came it would be a $90.00 fee to remove it. and they were not sure when they could come. There for the animal would be caged for quite a long time. In our opinion that would have been cruel. We took the animal to the woods and set it free.

  • guest

    DNR solution is to leave the animals often orphans and or injured alone to die and they often shoot injured or nuisance animals. The couple that found the deer did call DNR and DNR said to let the deer die. I thought animals were natural resources. What happened to DNR referring people to wildlife rehabilitaters?

  • Phil Bloom

    Here is a link to the full DNR news release, which does not issue a "warning" but instead provides instructions on what you can do when encountering injured, sick or orphaned wildlife:

    An easier way to access the Youtube video mentioned in the release is to visit Youtube.com/idnrvideos and look for the one title Keep Wildlife Wild.

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