What to Do with an Injured Raptor

Live raptors must be handled with heavy leather gloves and a thick towel. If the bird is conscious, throw a towel over it and secure the “ankles.” Do this at your own risk, and be careful: Raptors have powerful, sharp beaks and talons.

Tuck the bird’s wings under one arm for transport, or put it directly into a cardboard box or large pet carrier. If you don’t feel up to this, you may wish to call a wildlife rehabilitator. Try the websites below:

State Agency Lists of Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitators »
National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association: Find one near you »