Regulations Protecting Wildlife in Ohio
Federal and state regulations protect most wildlife in Ohio as well as prohibit private ownership of native wild animals. A private citizen sheltering an injured wild animal needs to turn it over to a care facility within 24 hours. These facilities must be licensed by the state and also must hold specific permits for the animals in their care.
The Medina Raptor Center has permits to care for:
- Owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, ospreys, and turkey vultures
- Native songbirds
- Trumpeter and Tundra swans as well as shorebirds and herons.
We do not take in:
- Mammals such as bats, deer, squirrels, raccoons, opossums etc. Contact the ODNR at (614) 265-6565 for assistance with these animals.
- Ducks, geese and divers
- Mute swans. These swans, with orange bills, are an invasive species that are displacing our native wildlife
- European Starlings or House (English) Sparrows. These are invasive species that are displacing many of our native song birds
- Domestic birds, domestic ducks or any kind of poultry
The Center does not rescue birds from inside homes or buildings. We can suggest safe ways to do this.
The Center is not an animal control business.
Contact the ODNR at (614) 265-6565 for assistance with animals and mute swans.