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wildlife rehabilitation

We operate the Kenneth A. Scott Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Program to aid and assist injured and ill wild animals. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center has been performing wildlife rehabilitation at no charge to the public since its inception in 1945. We define wildlife rehabilitation as human assistance for injured or ill wildlife with the ultimate goal of releasing the animal back into the wild.

We are members of the OWRA (Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association), the NWRA (National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association), and the IWRC (International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council) and perform our wildlife rehabilitation activities under permits from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Although we cannot pick up or rescue animals, those which can be transported to the Center will receive quality care and hopefully another chance at life in the wild.

Please contact us before you try to assist a wild animal to protect both you and the animal at
(440) 871-2900, Ext. 204 or (440) 471-8357.

If you would like to check on an animal that you recently brought to us for treatment and have its intake number, or if you have general wildlife questions, you can contact us at wildlife@lensc.org for an update.

Please do not use email or our online contact form for time sensitive questions!

finding an ill or injured animal after 5 p.m.

If you can safely capture the animal, place it in an escape proof box not much bigger than the animal itself. This should protect the animal from further injuring itself. Do not offer food or water to it as even these seemingly helpful actions may harm or even kill the animal. Place the box in a dark, quiet location (garage, basement, closet) until it can be transported to us for a medical examination 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

questions about wildlife

Frequently Asked Questions
I Found Baby Wildlife - Does It Need Help?

help us rehabilitate wildlife

Join PARTNERS IN WILDLIFE REHABILITATION today. For $500 per year you or your business can be part of this elite group that helps us to operate our Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Program. Receive a year’s worth of advertising exposure to more than 100,000 Center visitors and to more than 1,000 readers of our publications.  Download a Partners in Rehab flyer  to find out more about how you can make a difference in our community!

rehab stories

Re-tailed Hawk ReleaseWant ongoing, behind the scenes information about rehab at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center? We’re telling some of our rehab patients’ stories on our Chirp & Chatter blog.  On the homepage of the blog, if you scroll down to the “Labels” list in the right column, you can click on Rehabilitation to pull up only entries about rehab patients or select Wildlife to see all our animal news. We’re including photos as well as descriptions of the exciting challenges that are part of our wildlife work.

wren newsletters

The WREN newsletter is no longer in production, but you can still find the latest Wildlife Rehabilitation News in our Naturally Connected newsletter. Follow this link to have the newsletter delivered upon publication, right to your email inbox! Previous editions of the WREN newsletter are still available for viewing:


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