This license authorizes a New York resident to rehabilitate or care for injured or young orphaned wildlife for their return back to the wild. License DetailsLicense TypesThere are 2 license types with subclasses for the wildlife rehabilitator license:
General Wildlife Rehabilitator - Classes I, II*, and Assistant
Base/starting license for all rehabilitators.
Rabies Vector Species Wildlife Rehabilitator - Classes I, II*, and Assistant
Can handle and care for "rabies vector species" of bats, raccoons and skunks.
* Class II licenses authorize a rehabilitator to have a licensed assistant help care for wildlife under their supervision.
Class I & II License
What This License Allows
Providing care for injured or debilitated wildlife for release back to the wild, including most of the following:
Reptiles & amphibians
Unregulated bird species (i.e. pigeons, European starlings, house sparrows)
Some regulated game birds (i.e. turkey, pheasant, grouse)
Capturing, housing, feeding, and providing emergency treatment to injured wildlife.
What This License Does Not Allow
Caring for the following protected species without an appropriate federal permit:
Birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (songbirds, raptors, etc.). A migratory bird rehabilitation permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services is needed.
Marine mammals protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. A federal marine mammal permit from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is needed.
Keeping animals long-term.
Displaying or exhibiting animals to the public.
Rehabilitating domestic animals.
Rehabilitate wild white-tailed deer or moose from an established chronic wasting disease (CWD) containment area. Currently, no containment area exists in New York.