Call 911

Call 911 if an animal:

  • Is causing immediate danger or is vicious
  • Might be rabid and it is between 6 PM and 8 AM or a City holiday

    Need something else?

    You can report animals that may be rabid to Animal Care Centers of NYC. You can also report a dead animal that may have been rabid before it died.

    Symptoms of rabies in animals include:

    • Lethargy
    • Confusion or disorientation
    • Difficulty moving or walking/paralysis
    • Unusual or extreme aggression
    • Eating or chewing objects, such as wood, soil, stones, plants or other unusual materials
    • Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth
    • Abnormal behavior, such as a wild animal that does not shy away from people           

    Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help between 8 AM and 6 PM, except for City holidays.

    Seeing a raccoon, opossum, skunk, or other wild animal in the daytime does not mean the animal has rabies.

    If an animal appears healthy and is seen during the day, it may be unable to return to its den or is looking for food. Healthy wildlife, especially raccoons, may look for food in the twilight hours. It is not unusual to see a raccoon at dusk or dawn.

    If left alone, healthy wildlife will eventually return to their dens once they feel safe.

    You should always use caution around any wildlife and not approach them or try to touch them.

    You can get information about many kinds of animals, as well as listings of upcoming wildlife-related events, family-friendly activities, and suggested locations to observe and enjoy local urban wildlife online.

    Visit Wildlife NYC.

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