Find out what to do and who to contact should you find sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife in the City of Stirling. This page also contains information on snake removal.
Wildlife in the City’s parks and reserves is highly diverse and includes numerous bird, reptile, frog and marsupial species. On occasions native wildlife can become injured or unwell due to the activities of other native animals, humans or cars accidents.
What to do if you find a sick or injured animal
People who find sick, injured or orphaned native animals, such as parrots, kangaroos, bandicoots, seabirds, sea mammals, woylies or possums; on the sides of the road, in parks, suburbs, paddocks and forests, are often distressed because they don't know who to call for help.
In some cases an injured or sick animal’s condition is minor and they will simply rest until the time their condition improves. Minor cases include limping, swollen joints and ruffled feathers. In these instances human intervention is not required and in doing so may inflict further stress and injury to the animal.
In other cases an animal’s injuries may be major and treatment or euthanasia will be necessary. Major cases include car accidents and dog/fox attacks which result in open wounds or broken limbs or signs of loss of muscle control and seizures.
In such cases the Department of Environment and Conservation’s Wildlife Officers are to be contacted as they are
skilled in the safe and humane capture of animals.
Who to contact?
|Department of Environment and Conservation
|| (08) 9474 9055|
||(08) 9209 9300|
|Malubillai Wildlife Carers Network
||(08) 9472 1055 |
|Native Animal Rescue
||(08) 9249 3434|
If you encounter a snake it is important not to approach or aggravate it in any way. Most snakebites occur when people accidentally step on them, or when they are attempting to kill them. As the warmer days of spring approach, snakes become more active and noticeable as they leave their winter retreats in search of a mate and food.
If you find a snake in a garden or a house, you should contact the Wildcare Helpline by calling (08) 9474 9055 where you can get advice and they will refer you to one of a number of volunteer reptile removers.
The Wildcare Helpline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, diverting to afterhours numbers at nights and weekends, to provide immediate assistance.