Wildlife Rehabilitation Program

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit (WRP) program was created to regulate the rehabilitation of injured or orphaned wildlife.
The goal of the program is to place injured or orphaned wildlife in temporary care until they can be successfully returned to the wild.
Wildlife rehabilitation requires knowledge of wildlife behavior, habitat, diet, and other species-specic needs.
An individual must possess and demonstrate the skills necessary to properly rehabilitate and release native species in Louisiana. Wildlife rehabilitation requires training and considerable commitment.
WRP applicants must consider the amount of time, eort (should be effort)  and cost associated with properly caring for wildlife species.
Please note wildlife shall not be kept as pets in Louisiana and no WRP will be issued for such activity.
  • Must be 18 or older.
  • Convicted felons or individuals with Class 2 or greater wildlife violations are ineligible.
  • Must complete an application, release statement and financial responsibility statement.
  • Must complete the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) or the LDWF wildlife rehabilitation course followed by a 100 question test in addition to annual continuing education courses through LDWF or the IWRC.  Proof of course completion must be provided.
  • Must provide statement of veterinary support from a veterinarian and a letter of recommendation from a permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator.
  • Wildlife held under a WRP must be handled minimally and without public contact.
  • Sale or consumption of wildlife is prohibited.
  • Does not exempt permittee from other state, federal, parish or municipal agency/government ordinances.
  • Rehabilitated wildlife may not be imported into or exported out of Louisiana.


  • S-1 ranked species may NOT be possessed by the permittee without written authorization.
  • It is illegal to rehabilitate deer, black bears, alligators and wild turkeys.


  • To report injured bald or golden eagles, contact your local LDWF Field Office or call 1-800-442-2511


  • Do not touch or interact with fawns
  • They are virtually scentless and use camouage (coats dappled with white spots) to avoid predation
  • Does often leave fawns alone for hours to forage and to reduce attracting predators to the fawn
  • You are most likely to see fawns in Louisiana from March-September
  • If you locate an injured adult deer or fawn, contact your local LDWF Field Office

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) holds an annual Wildlife Rehabilitation (WR) basic skills class hosted by Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary for individuals who wish to rehabilitate wildlife.
The WR Basic Skills course is the ONLY certication course recognized by LDWF and is required under LDWF WR rules and regulations.
This basic skills course is required of all applicants that will rehabilitate wildlife in Louisiana.
Learn how to properly rehabilitate wildlife in Louisiana!
  • SEPT. 10, 2016
  • 9am-4pm
  • LDWF Headquarters - Louisiana Room
  • 2000 Quail Drive
  • Baton Rouge, LA 70808