Report an incident
To report a disturbance caused by or to wildlife or bushland, contact the Department of Planning and Environment at:
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Sick or injured native animal
Caution: never handle snakes, bats or flying foxes.
If you find a sick or injured native animal, contact your nearest vet as soon as possible so the animal receives appropriate treatment.
Many zoos also accept sick or injured native wildlife.
Alternatively, contact a licenced wildlife rehabilitation provider. Make sure to give the operator as much information as possible about the animal’s location and condition. If you have arranged for a wildlife carer organisation to rescue the animal, you should stay, if possible, and observe the animal until the rescuers arrive.
Injured, sick or orphaned native animals require specialised care and treatment to recover and be returned to the wild. Rehabilitating a native animal without a wildlife licence is illegal and can lead to prosecution.
You are not allowed to keep rescued native animals as pets.
If the disturbance or incident relates to flying foxes, please the Flying foxes section below.
Dead animals and their live young
Please don't ignore dead marsupials. A dead marsupial may have live young in its pouch, so check females for joeys. Wildlife rescuers often mark dead animals they have already checked with paint. If possible, move dead animals away from roads as their predators could be in danger of becoming roadkill.
If you find a live young, contact a licenced wildlife rehabilitation provider.
If you find dead animals in a NSW national park or reserve, call the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) on 1300 072 757.
Dead or dying birds on the beach
Each year, many short-tailed shearwaters (also called ‘muttonbirds’) die at sea during their migration along the NSW coast. This event is an unfortunate, but natural occurrence. Every few years, wind and tides cause these birds to wash up on our beaches dead or in advanced stages of decline. Very little can be done for these birds as history has shown attempts at rehabilitation by even the most experienced wildlife carers almost always fail.
If you find a group of shearwaters on the beach, please leave them there. The natural cycle of our beaches ensure the birds will not remain on the beaches for long.
Banded birds and bats
The Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme is run by the federal Department of Climate Change, Environment, Energy and Water, and Information collected is valuable in helping us understand and protect bird and bat species.
Find out what to do if you have sighted a living or dead banded bird or bat, or found a lost band.
Caution: Never touch or pick up a bat or flying fox as some carry the bat lyssavirus, a disease related to rabies. Only vaccinated people trained in bat care should handle these animals.
Injured or sick marine animals
If you see a stranded or distressed marine mammal, sea turtle, sea snake or seabird, please report it as soon as possible to a licenced wildlife rehabilitation provider or the National Parks and Wildlife Service:
Make sure you give the operator as much information about the situation as possible, including a description of the animal, its condition, the specific location and best way to access the animal.
A fish kill is a sudden and unexpected mass mortality of wild or cultured fish. If you see one, notify:
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) by–
Provide as much detail as possible on the number of fish involved and the exact location, and describe any visible evidence of water contamination.
For sick or injured animals that are a non-native species:
- take the injured animal to a vet, or
- contact the RSPCA.