New Jersey's Wildlife Rehabilitators - Feature Article
NJ Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Information
People are usually anxious to help when they find sick, injured and/or orphaned wildlife. However, most people are unaware of normal wildlife behavior and often become involved unnecessarily. Hopefully people who do intervene will contact a licensed rehabilitor - a person whose first response is extract information from callers and evaluate if human intervention is, in fact, necessary.
If the situation does require action by a rehabilitator, the caller is instructed in the appropriate steps to follow. Unfortunately, the public is generally unaware of the health, safety and biological issues pertaining to wildlife rehabilitation (such as disease, parasites and the effects of interfering with and/or relocating wildlife).
To ensure the health and safety of the public and the wildlife, the Division has specific requirements and standards for both facilities and staff involved in wildlife rehabilitation. The Division has implemented these standards to ensure the quality of the permittee (questionnaires) and the facility (inspections). The ultimate goal of the rehabilitation program is to release rehabilitated wildlife “back to the wild”.
Becoming and continuing as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in New Jersey is a major responsibility and requires much time and dedication. Below are various documents pertaining to the licensing process.
Those interested in becoming a rehabilitator should first read the "Rehabilitator Information Sheet." The "Definitions and Requirements" document will also be helpful.
NJ NONGAME & ENDANGERED SPECIES - INFORMATION & REGULATIONS
FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST & INFORMATION
WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR PERMIT FORMS
USFWS PERMIT - Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Annual Report (pdf, USFWS site)
The following links are to information on the NJ Dept of Health & Senior Services web site:
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE
For further information on becoming or remaining a licensed NJ Wildlife Rehabilitator contact Susan Predl, Principal Biologist, at 908-735-7040 or via e-mail at Susan.Predl@dep.nj.gov.