Wildlife Information


Calgary Wildlife treats either injured or orphaned wildlife and provides medical treatment and care until they are fit for release back in the wild; we strive to release all wildlife that we treat back into their natural habitats. Calgary Wildlife operates under a wildlife permit (issued by Alberta Environment and Parks), a Migratory Species permit (issued by Environment Canada) and a Scientific Endangered Species permit (issued by Environment Canada). These permits dictate which species we can take.

Species that are accepted at the CWRS:


• All songbirds (examples: robins, waxwings, finches, etc.)
• All corvids (examples: crows, ravens, magpies, etc.)
• All raptors (examples: hawks, falcons, owls, eagles)
• All waterfowl (examples: Canada goose, mallard ducks, etc.)
• Small mammals (examples: white-tailed prairie hares, porcupines, etc.)
• Small carnivores (examples: red fox, bobcat, weasels, etc.)
• Invasive species* (examples: eastern grey squirrels, house sparrows, starlings, etc.)



This is a service that we provide to the public that ensures these animals are treated humanely and minimizes the risk of individuals illegally caring for wildlife in their homes, an activity that is highly dangerous and detrimental to the ultimate outcome for that animal. All injured or orphaned pigeons must be brought directly to Calgary Wildlife for treatment. Please do not bring pigeons to the veterinary clinics.

Large mammals:


If you encounter a large mammal that is in trouble, please contact the Environment and Parks at (403) 297-6423 for assistance.

Calgary Wildlife does not have the capabilities to take large mammals, such as adult bears or cougars. However, we have taken in juveniles and performed essential medical treatment before transferring them. Please feel free to contact CWRS (403-214-1312) if you are unsure whether a particular animal will be accepted.


For more Information call 403-214-1312

Handling wild animals


It is illegal to care for sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife in Calgary unless you are a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. To ensure the safety and health of people and wildlife, members of the public should generally avoid handling wildlife. Wild animals can inflict serious injury and can be carriers of disease and parasites that are transmittable to humans and domestic animals. Injured and orphaned wildlife should be treated by professionals who have the permits, knowledge, and access to species-specific food sources that are required.


You should not attempt to assist an injured or orphaned animal if there is a risk to personal safety or to the safety of others. If you find an orphaned or injured wild animal, follow the procedure outlined below. If the animal poses a threat to public health or safety, call City of Calgary 311 Service or Calgary Police Department for assistance (911).

Found an Injured or Orphaned Wild Animal?


1. STOP. Observe to ensure help is truly required. Wildlife need help if you observe the following:
    Obvious wounds: swelling or bleeding
    Dangling wings or limbs
    Trouble holding head erect
    Problems standing
    Difficulty breathing
    Inability to see or react to stimuli
    Signs of neurological trauma: seizures, walking in circles
    Uneven loss of fur or feathers


2. CALL FOR HELP. Phone our hotline (403-214-1312) if you are unsure of what to do, and to receive advice on how to proceed.


3. STAY SAFE. If you determine an animal needs help, please remember your safety comes first! If it is safe to do so, throw a towel or jacket over the animal in need. Scoop the animal up and place in a secure container, such as a box or a kennel. Make sure there are airholes and that it is secured. Watch out for talons claws and teeth!


4. CLINICS ACCEPTING WILDLIFE. Bring the animal to our hospital in the NW of Calgary (11555 – 85th Street NW) or drop the animal at one of our partner veterinary clinics who will hold the animal until we can retrieve it.



Castleridge Veterinary Clinic


126 – 55 Castleridge Blvd. NE, Calgary, AB

Phone: (403) 280-1585

Harvest Hills Animal Hospital


Bay 711, 500 Country Hills Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 226-5522

McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital


#34, 5010 4th Street NE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (40) 457-0911

Monterey Veterinary


917, 2220 – 68th Street NE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 293-8900
Note: Does not accept bats or skunks

Sunridge Veterinary


3, 3660 – 20th Avenue NE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 285-8777


Calgary North Animal Hospital & 24 Hour Emergency Service


4204 – 4th Street NW (open 24 hours), Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 277-0135
Note: Does not accept eastern grey squirrels, pigeons, skunks or bats

Country Hills Animal Hospital


Bay 214, 5149 Country Hills Blvd NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 547-3388

Crowfoot Animal Hospital


211, 150 Crowfoot Cr. NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 241-8944
Note: Does not accept large mammals

Dalhousie Varsity Animal Hospital


#405, 5005 Dalhousie Drive NW Calgary, AB T3A 0Z9
Phone: (403) 284-2265

Edgemont Veterinary Clinic


8210 Edgebrook Drive NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 239-4657

Stoney Trail Vet


11245 Valley Ridge Dr. NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 247-2737


Avenida Pet


#607, 12445 Lake Fraser Dr. SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 271-1121
Note: Does not accept large mammals or skunks

Calgary Animal Referral & Emergency Centre


7140 – 12th Street SE (open 24 hours), Calgary,
Phone: (403) 520-8387

Douglas Square Pet Clinic


#136, 1120 – 24th Street SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 203-0775

Due South Animal Hospital


16626 McKenzie Lake Blvd SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 257-8899
Note: Does not accept large mammals

Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital


15311 Bannister Road SE (open 24 hours)., Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 873-1700

Forest Lawn Animal Hospital


2002 – 36th Street SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 272-0115

Macleod Trail Animal Hospital


8910 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 255-1168

McKenzie Towne Animal Hospital


40 High Street SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 257-6105

Riverbend Animal Hospital


#354, 8338 – 18th Street SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 279-8747
Note: Does not accept skunks or porcupines

South Trail Pet Hospital


#75, 4307- 130 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 257-3393

Sundance Animal Hospital


35 Sunmills Drive SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 254-9698

Willow Park Animal Clinic


9945 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 278-9311
Note: Does not accept skunks or porcupines


Animal Clinic


921 – 37th Street SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 246-8386
Note: Does not accept large mammals

Britannia Kingsland Veterinary Clinic


7738 Elbow Dr. SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 253-7044

Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic


#1, 2308 24th Street SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 240-3577
Note: Does not accept bats, skunks or un-banded pigeons

Coach Hill Vet Hospital


6424 Old Banff Coach Road SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 246-8418
Note: Does not accept skunks or coyotes

Marda Loop Veterinary Centre


4016 – 16th Street SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 243-8873
Note: Does not accept large mammals

Westhills Veterinary Clinic


276 Stewart Green SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: (403) 242-9612
Note: Does not accept large birds

Surrounding Area

Airdrie Animal Clinics Ltd.


704 East Lake Rise, Airdrie, AB
Phone: (403) 948-3619

Canmore Veterinary Hospital & Banff Veterinary Services


502 Bow Valley Trail, Highway 1A, Canmore, AB
Phone: (403) 678-4425

For more detailed description refer to Finding Wildlife

A Note on Orphaned Wildlife


With some species, it is normal for parents to leave their offspring alone for extended periods of time. Many infant mammals are left on their own for extended periods of time while their parents are foraging for food. In many bird species, the offspring outgrow their nest and their parents continue to raise them on ground level. Many species return to their young near dusk and dawn. A young animal that looks well-fed with bright eyes and clean fur or feathers is probably not orphaned.

What Happens to Injured wild animals


CWRS patients have usually been injured or orphaned due to unfortunate human interactions, including being hit by vehicles, attacked by pets, electrocuted, poisoned, flying into power lines and windows, shot by pellet guns or arrows, chased or tortured, caught in leg-hold traps, tortured, among many others. Injured animals are examined and diagnosed by a veterinarian and given the appropriate medical or surgical treatment. They are then rehabilitated and released when appropriate.

What Happens to Orphaned wild animals


Orphaned animals are raised in our facility, sometimes with one of our foster parent animals. Once orphans are big enough and able to fend for themselves, depending on the time of year and migratory cycles, they are released back to the wild.