Animal Services is merely a resource for information and/or referral when it comes to most wildlife. Only potential rabies cases and cases where there is a matter of public safety should be handled directly through Animal Services.
For wildlife emergencies (such as possible exposure of people or pets to rabies), please call 911. Many animals can bite or claw and may harbor illnesses which can be transmitted to people. We recommend contacting a wildlife professional regarding general concerns or inquiries about any wild animals (such as sightings).
Feeding wildlife (of any species) can be particularly dangerous for all involved. Check out this information on the Hazards of Feeding Wildlife (PDF).
NC Wildlife Helpline
Do you have concerns, questions, or need advice about a problem with wildlife? Check out this page for more information, including contact information for the NC Wildlife Helpline: https://www.ncwildlife.org/have-a-problem
Recent sightings of coyotes in our area have prompted public interest in this species and underscore the need to follow the practices recommended by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission for co-existing with coyotes.
Access a variety of informational flyers related to wildlife that might be encountered in the Orange County area.
Many orphaned animals are purposely left by their mothers for many hours of the day. Check out what to do if you find an abandoned or needy animal.
Animal Services does not generally deal with nuisance wildlife. Services are available from companies specializing in pest or critter control.
View information about the species that can be encountered around Orange County from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.