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Injured or Orphaned Woodchucks

Injured or orphaned woodchucks (groundhogs)

If the woodchuck has an obvious injury, is bleeding, feels cold or looks sick, or the animal is attempting to move away but is falling over or circling, this animal needs immediate help. Please review our Emergency Care information.

Injured or Orphaned Snakes

Injured or orphaned snakes

Seventeen species of snakes live in Minnesota, including two varieties of rattlesnake. Our largest native snake, the bull snake, attains a length of approximately five to six feet. Snakes have a varied diet that consists of insects, earthworms, frogs, small mammals, birds, and eggs. These species live in a variety of different habitats including forests, wetlands, and prairies.

Injured or Orphaned Skunks

Injured or orphaned skunks

The striped skunk is easily identified by its shiny black coat and bushy tail, with a white stripe on its forehead, a white crown on its head, and two stripes that extend down either side of its back. The striped skunk is found throughout Minnesota but is not common in the northeastern part.

Injured or Orphaned Shore Birds and Raptors

Injured or orphaned shore birds and raptors

The following information is provided NOT to encourage you to get involved in the rescue of an injured raptor or shorebird, but to provide you with some tips for your own safety if you have decided an emergency situation leaves you with no other choice.

Always try to contact the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota before approaching any raptor at (612) 624-4745. You may also want to contact Wildlife Exam at the Animal Humane Society at (763) 489-2223.

Injured or Orphaned Reptiles and Amphibians

Injured or orphaned toads, frogs, salamanders, and lizards

If the animal has an obvious injury, is bleeding, or the animal is attempting to move away but is falling over, this animal needs immediate help. Please review our Emergency Care information. 

If the animal is not injured, please review this information to further determine whether your wild animal needs assistance.

Injured or Orphaned Raccoons

Injured or orphaned raccoons

If the raccoon has an obvious injury, is bleeding, feels cold or looks sick, is attempting to move away but is falling over, or is acting disoriented and has discharge coming from its eyes/nose this animal needs immediate help. Please review our Emergency Care information. 

If the animal is not injured, please read this information to further determine whether your wild animal needs assistance.

Injured or Orphaned Opossums

Injured or orphaned opossums

If the opossum has an obvious injury, is bleeding, feels cold or looks sick, or the animal is attempting to move away but is falling over, or if you find babies clinging to or near a deceased parent these animals needs immediate help. Please review our Emergency Care information.

Injured or Orphaned Woodpeckers

Injured or orphaned woodpeckers

If the woodpecker has an obvious injury, is bleeding, feels cold or looks sick, or the animal is attempting to move away but is falling over, this animal needs immediate help. Please review our Emergency Care information.

Injured or Orphaned Fox

Injured or orphaned fox

If the fox has an obvious injury, is bleeding, feels cold or looks sick, or the fox is attempting to move away but is falling over, this animal needs immediate help. Please review our Emergency Care information. 

If the animal is not injured, please review this information to further determine whether your wild animal needs assistance.

Nuisance Raccoons

Nuisance raccoons

Raccoons are a clan animal. They live in groups of several adult individuals, as well as juveniles, and are very dedicated and dependent upon family ties for survival, protection and nurturing. For this reason we strongly discourage live trapping and relocating of raccoons. Studies done by the Humane Society of the United States have shown that more than 90% of relocated raccoons die within a short time in alien territory that is habitat to other resident raccoon clans.

Animal Humane Society locations

Buffalo

4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 522-4325

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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Woodbury

9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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  • Administration
    (763) 522-4325
  • Animal Admissions
    (763) 412-4969
  • Pet Behavior Helpline
    (763) 489-2202
  • Boarding
    (763) 489-2222
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