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WCAS Officers will respond to calls where wildlife are seriously injured or pose an immediate threat to public safety/health
We do not have the capabilities at our facility to rehabilitate or care for young wildlife; however, the list at the bottom of this page includes wildlife rehabilitators who can help. For baby bunnies – please keep in mind that the mother may only visit the nest once or twice within a 24 hour period, and usually isn't at the nest during daytime hours.
If you are having trouble with nuisance wildlife such as raccoons, opossums or groundhogs, please contact a private nuisance wildlife control operator.
Bats can carry rabies and can transmit rabies to both humans and pets. Bats are crucial for ecological stability, but can pose a risk to public health if not dealt with correctly. If you have been exposed to a bat in your dwelling, report it to WCAS. For more information on bats as a carrier for disease, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies.
Winnebago County Animal Services does not respond to calls for wildlife nuisance problems, such as raccoons living under your deck or porch, groundhogs digging under sheds or other wildlife residing in your window wells. For more information on how to mediate these problems, visit https://www.wildlifeillinois.org/.