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Red-tailed Hawk in Rehabilitation

wildlife rehabilitation

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center has been performing wildlife rehabilitation at no charge to the public since its inception in 1945. As the only wildlife rehabilitation facility in Cuyahoga County, the Center admits over 1,400 ill and injured animals each year with the goal of releasing them 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, they can be transported to the Center to 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.


finding an ill or injured animal after 4 p.m.

If you can safely capture the animal, place it in an escape proof box not much bigger than the animal itself. Do not offer food or water as it may harm or even kill the animal. Place the box in a dark, quiet location (garage, basement, closet) until it can be transported to the Center for a medical examination every day between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

questions about wildlifeBald Eagle release

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

help us rehabilitate wildlife

Donations to our wildlife rehabilitation program are greatly appreciated. Please the link below for a list of accepted items. Thank you for your support!

Wildlife Wishlist


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