The State of Ohio, Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODW), is responsible for mammals, reptiles and amphibians, non-migratory game birds, and state threatened and endangered wildlife. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) is responsible for migratory birds and federally threatened and endangered wildlife. Both agencies have laws and regulations in place to assure the care given to wild animals in rehabilitation is humane, professional, and biologically sound.
Ohio permits allowing individuals or organizations to rehabilitate wildlife are divided into two categories and one special permission permit. If you work with a licensed rehabilitator or in a licensed facility, you may not need your own permit but you are responsible for making sure your activities are legal.
To rehabilitate migratory birds and federally threatened and endangered wildlife, a USF&WS Special Purpose Rehabilitation Permit must be obtained. Individuals rehabilitating migratory birds may be a sub-permittee on the federal license, but also must have a state permit or be a sub-permittee of a licensed organization or individual. Birds not covered by the USF&WS are non-migratory game birds and non-native species such as the House Sparrow, European Startling, and Rock Doves.
For those interested in obtaining a wildlife rehabilitation permit in Ohio, please contact the Ohio Division of Wildlife at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information and upcoming training dates for the OWRA Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation Training please contact Kristen Beck. For OWRA Rabies Vector Species Training, please contact Barbara Ray.