Nevada Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Birds: What To Do If...

 

Tangled Bird

 
If the bird is caught in something simple; such as twine or string have someone assist you in removing it.
• Hold the bird in a clean towel;
• Using baby scissors, gently cut knots out of the string/twine.
• If there is no signs of other injuries; return bird back to bush or shrub;
• Any signs of injury, then contact a rehabilitator (external link) close to you.
 

Bird With wing Injury

 
• If the bird allows you to catch it and does not attempt to fly away place bird in brown paper bag then contact a rehabilitator (external link) close to you.
 

Bird Caught In Mouse Trap

 
If bird is caught in a sticky mouse trap:
• Cover the bird's head to prevent inhalation of powder,
• Then dust small amounts of flour or corn starch on to the parts of the trap that is not touching the bird to prevent bird from sticking to itself again or to anything else while transportation to a rehabilitator.
• Uncover bird's head and place him in brown paper bag and contact your vet or a rehabilitator close to you (external link).
• If bird is caught in a traditional mouse trap, and is still alive, then contact your vet or a rehabilitator close to you (external link).
 

Bird Coated in Glue or Oil

 
If bird is fully coated in oil or rubber material and if material is very sticky, like honey,
• Cover the bird's head to prevent inhalation of powder.
• Then dust small amounts of flour or corn starch on sticky spots to prevent bird from re-sticking to itself or to anything else during transportation
• Uncover bird's head
• Place bird in brown paper bag then contact a rehabilitator (external link) close to you.
 

Bird Lying On Its Side

 
If the bird is alive but not standing, use gloves to place bird in brown paper bag and contact your vet or a rehabilitator close to you (external link).
 

Bird Caught In My House

 
If bird is caught in a house:
• Lock all pets away;
• Darken room by closing blinds, shades, doors;
• Leave only one exit (large bright sunny) opening for the bird to fly out.
• Or check your yellow pages for information on licensed wildlife control companies, or contact a local agency (external link) for guidance.
 
Last updated: September 28, 2012