In Maryland, there is a large network of volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitators who take care of orphaned, sick or injured wildlife until they can be released safely back to the wild.
Any properly accredited person in Maryland who desires to provide care and treatment for the rehabilitation and release back to the wild of orphaned, sick or injured wildlife, shall first obtain a Wildlife Rehabilitator Permit/License from the Department of Natural Resources.
Among the requirements for this permit are proof of adequate training in the capture, handling and care of wildlife. Also the applicant must have facilities, owned or leased, which are of sufficient size and design to properly maintain the permitted wildlife in captivity. Part of the permit process will be the designation of the species and numbers of wildlife that will be authorized to be possessed at any given time.
How to Obtain an Application
Click on names of pdf documents below to download. Please note: All may be required to complete your Application Process.
Code of Maryland Regulations for Wildlife Rehabilitation
Application for Apprentice Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit
Affidavit for Wildlife Rehabilitator Permit
Statement of Veterinary Support
Availability Questionnaire for Wildlife Rehabilitator Permit
Request by E-mail:
(include US Mailing Address)
Request by Phone:
Toll-free in Maryland: 1-877-620-8DNR , Extension 8540
TTY: Maryland Relay via 1-800-735-2258 or 711
Request by Mail:
Wildlife Permit Coordinator
MD DNR- Wildlife and Heritage Service
580 Taylor Ave., E-1
Annapolis MD 21401