Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
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Fishing Line and Lead Pellets Often Have Unintended Victims

Recycle your used fishing line! The CT DEEP has installed fishing line recycling receptacles throughout the state, both inland and at coastal locations. For a complete list of DEEP receptacles, click here.

Use ammunition and fishing weights that are not lead. Lead ammunition and fishing weights can remain in the environment for decades and endangers wildlife, humans and pets.

Nuisance Control – Buyer Beware!


When engaging the services of a nuisance wildlife control operator (NWCO), be extra careful because many charge large amounts of money for trapping services that may not be necessary – and wild animals can be orphaned or killed as a result of nuisance wildlife trapping.

If you need help with a wildlife problem, please call 203-393-1050 for a referral or advice, or contact the following rehabilitators who have a nuisance wildlife control license:

Laura Brewerton (Cheshire) 203-725-4524

Diane Honer (Essex) 860-767-1713

Diane Gilbert

(Hartford Area)


You Can Help

We can assist wildlife and ensure that we coexist in ways that work for everyone.
When enjoying the outdoors, admire wildlife from a distance. If you see wildlife in distress, contact a Wildlife Rehabilitator in your area.

Prevention is the Best Solution 

Chimney covers, screens for attic vents, garbage lids that twist to lock, garbage sheds with hinges and fasteners, and window well guards, all  can deter unwanted wildlife. Be sure to close off access to your home, once you confirm that all the animals have vacated the premises.

Garbage Can be Deadly to Wildlife

Cut all rings on the four and six-pack plastic soda sleeves, leaving no loops that could potentially pose a threat to an unsuspecting animal. Rubber bands and ribbons fall into this category too.

Don’t release balloons into the air – they look like food to a turtle when they end up in our water ways.

Refrain from using plastic grocery bags – bring your own reusable bags when you shop. When boating or at the beach, make sure your plastic bags are secured so they do not end up in our waters.

Garbage attracts wildlife to roadsides and other places and teaches animals to look to humans for food, which ultimately gets them into trouble.

Photo Credit: Deborah Galle Courtesy of Wildlife In Crisis
Photo Credit: Deborah Galle
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Don't Attract Unwanted Guests

Wild animals take advantage of cavities in and around homes for denning and raising young. When people unwittingly set traps for the so-called “problem animal”, it is the mother animal who is most often caught…and separated from her young!  Trapping may appear to be a humane solution, but it is not. Trapped animals often fare poorly when relocated, they panic and try to run back to their home habitat, often getting hit by cars along the way, and worse, they are separated from their young.

There are far better solutions to humanely evict animals from your home as a family unit – allowing mother animals to take their young elsewhere. Once achieved, you can seal up their entry points so the problem doesn’t recur.  Remember that when wild animals are in your attic or basement it’s usually because they are trying to find a quiet and safe place to raise babies. The best way to keep them out is to do proper home maintenance (seal up entry points, install chimney caps, etc.), once they’re gone.  For more information, go to

Choose Your Poison Wisely

While some people prefer to eradicate pests when they invade our living space, it is important to realize that the method we employ to remove these pests from our home environment can have a devastating effect on wildlife, birds of prey, the pets we love so dearly, and the environment.

There are many different chemicals available on the market. Although very toxic chemicals have restricted uses, and are considered a danger to the public, too many toxic products can still be found on store shelves and continue to be the poison of choice for some pest control entities.

Seek out safer alternatives for pest removal. Visit the Audubon,  Gardens Alive and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to learn more about the dangers of pesticides and rodenticides and for additional information on safer alternatives and non-chemical solutions. Explore the potential of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which is a means of controlling pests using non-chemical pest management methods.

Feeding Waterfowl Bread Can Cause a Condition Called Angel Wing

The condition will ultimately result in the death of the bird unless caught and treated at a very young age. If untreated the bird will no longer be able to fly and can no longer migrate, find food or escape from predators.