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Who to Call When...The Details
Confusion and/or misunderstanding about who, what, when, where and how wildlife situations are and can be handled according to New York State (NYS) laws is common. While each situation is unique, we hope that this document helps to clarify the roles of the most commonly called upon professionals.
The majority of information presented here is specific to New York State. We recommend checking your state and local laws and consulting with local professionals before taking any action in regard to wildlife. It is important to note that there are no public agencies to provide wildlife rescue and care or nuisance control services.
Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators (NWCOs)
Animal Control Officers (ACOs)
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs)
Local Fire Departments
Please take the time to seek information from the appropriate authorities. Do not believe everything you hear or read on the internet. Check your sources and educate yourself before you act.
References and Resources
Nuisance Wildlife Control
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
NYSDEC Contact Information
Special Licenses Unit (Wildlife Rehabilitators, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators, License to Collect or Possess). Information regarding Wildlife Rehabilitator RVS Certification is not posted on the DEC website. Contact the Special Licenses Unit for information:
Albany, NY 12233-4752
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Note: All internet site references last accessed May 27, 2013.
I would like to thank the various wildlife professionals who provided valuable feedback in the development of this resource document, especially:
Disclaimer: Into the Wild, Inc. cannot be held liable for the use of the information provided in this document. While we have made every attempt to verify the information provided with the appropriate authorities, there may be additional relevant laws and regulations not presented here.
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