A.S.K.’s wildlife biologist facilitates all wildlife response decisions and performs rescues from the perspective of the animals’ best interests. A.S.K.’s philosophy is to give rescued wildlife their best chances of return to the wild, and when that’s not possible, wildlife are transferred to licensed sanctuaries across the United States for long-term placement. A.S.K. holds a permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for humane trapping and removal services.
Free/donation-based, on-site assessment of potentially injured or orphaned wildlife
Efficient and humane capture and transport of wildlife in need to species-specific, experienced licensed wildlife rehabilitators
Reduction of wild animals becoming “pets” to people who find them injured or orphaned. Replace animals that have been erroneously removed, to their initial capture site
Education and awareness about wildlife biology and wildlife needs.
Nuisance wildlife mitigation assessments and habitat modification plans, and tips to reduce human-wildlife conflict
Statewide and national networking with licensed wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians
Who Contacts A.S.K.?
Lakefront associations, apartment/condominium complexes, golf courses, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, zoos, nature centers, humane societies and anyone with a potential wildlife concern or issue!
A.S.K. services Southern/Southwest/Southcentral Michigan counties; minimum donation may be required.
A.S.K. responds to wildlife calls from all over the United States and beyond.
We invite anyone with a wildlife concern to call our toll-free hotline: 877-596-7776
Help! I’ve Found a Wild Animal
Remain calm & patient; A.S.K. will return your call ASAP; 24/7 @ 877-596-7776
Please Note: A.S.K. employs ONE volunteer wildlife biologist & ONE wildlife responder. We are 100% volunteer operated. Calls are returned within 2 hrs (usually in under 30 minutes), depending on call volume & issue. It’s worth the wait to get quality help!
Think smart. If you see an animal hit in the middle of the road, exercise common sense & public safety FIRST & then try to safely move the animal out of immediate harm’s way.
AVOID placing wildlife in the care of well-meaning individuals without permits; doing so may relieve you of the animal quicker, but will be putting the animal at risk of not being fed a proper diet, not receiving proper medical attention and/or not being adequately prepared for re-release back into the wild. Be patient, and wait for a professional to advise you for the animal’s sake!
*** If you are concerned about a licensed rehabilitator not meeting quality standards, please report your concern to your local Department of Natural Resources office ***
Found a Baby Bird? Find Bird Help Here
Found a Fawn? Find Fawn Help Here
Found a Baby Mammal? Find Mammal Help Here
Mallard Nesting Crisis Intervention Find Duck Help Here
General Wild Baby Tips Reunite Wild Baby Tips
WARNING! Only State or Federally licensed individuals can care for wildlife in need. In Michigan, persons have 48 hours to turn injured/orphaned wildlife over to licensed rehabilitators. This law is for the BENEFIT of wildlife. If you sincerely care about an animal, please do not attempt to care for it on your own. Common, innocent mistakes can cause death and severe injury.
In or near Calhoun County: CALL A.S.K. 24/7 @ 877-596-7776
Find Michigan licensed rehabilitators in or near your county @ www.michigandnr.com/dlr/
Nuisance Wildlife Help
A.S.K. holds a permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for humane removal of wildlife, however we rarely use it because while it is financially lucrative to charge people fees for removing wildlife, it is an ineffective (& inhumane) means of resolving your wildlife concern. The following tips will aide you in resolving conflicts for the most common species (we can provide feedback on any species). Our handouts are not all-inclusive and it is recommended that you discuss specific concerns with A.S.K.’s wildlife biologist (877-596-7776).
Fact: Many of the human-wildlife conflicts that are deemed “nuisance” are often easily prevented via human behavior modification. Solution: There are ways to live near wildlife without a constant struggle for property rights! Number 1: Identify the Attractant. Before you check out A.S.K.’s useful tips to keeping nuisance wildlife at bay, be mindful: You can’t always “cherry-pick” the wildlife that you encounter! Many of us want to feed songbirds, but cringe at the site of squirrels and raptors at the feeding station we have created for a select few favorites. Some may enjoy White-tailed Deer browsing and munching in the backyard, while nerves may rise for others at the mere thought because of the large herbivore’s palate preference for our ornamental landscaping. Some see it is a benefit of owning lakefront property to have the opportunity to feed waterfowl, especially the Mallard ducks and Trumpeter Swans, but in doing so, we may be quick to judge when Canada Geese want to join too.
Humans are often to blame for the nuisance behavior that drives us crazy! But the good news is that we have the capacity to eliminate attractants by modifying our yards and behaviors so that all species, the popular and unpopular, can co-exist peacefully among us! A.S.K. provides quality assistance to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts to the benefit of ALL!
Get Wildlife Rehabilitator Permits
A license is required to rehabilitate wildlife in the state of Michigan. This process ensures that minimum standards of knowledge and best practices are followed, for the benefit of animals. If you truly care about animals, you should take this seriously! Lives are on the line!
Illegally rehabilitating wildlife is punishable by law, but more importantly, accurate information on how to properly rear wildlife is intentionally not accessible online. Many illegally raised wild animals end up sick with nutritional deficiencies requiring of hospitalization. Many die needlessly. Those that do survive may have no fear of humans ultimately reducing their survival and fitness in the wild.
If you find yourself regularly trying to help wildlife, be an advocate for them and get a permit!
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Permit Process
- You must take a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). This is a two-day class that is offered annually in Michigan. (http://theiwrc.org/courses#basic)
- Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to get a wildlife rehabilitator handbook which describes the minimum requirements for housing wildlife. You can rehabilitate wildlife using your garage, or other private property, but there are specific standards you must meet.
- Construct housing for mammals based on the handbook protocols. A DNR conservation officer will have to visit your site and approve the setup.
- If you are approved, you can apply for a license to rehabilitate mammals, and non-federally protected birds (House sparrows, Starlings, Pigeons). This is a state permit.
- If you are approved to rehabilitate mammals, you can then apply to rehabilitate birds through the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. This is a federal permit.
- The most successful “at-home” wildlife rehabilitators choose to specialize in one or two species, vs. generalizing in all species.
- It is wise to first intern for an established wildlife rehabilitator before getting a permit to help guide your specialty.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources: >www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-31574_31580-239608–,00.html
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association www.nwrawildlife.org
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council www.iwrc-online.org