Report Wildlife Sightings

Reported wildlife sightings help bait distribution planning in a general area, not individual properties or addresses. Sightings are kept on record for three years.

The 2024 ORV Campaign will begin on September 23, 2024 and continue throughout October weather permitting. Wildlife Sightings received after Sept 13 will not be included in the 2024 planning.


Choose an Option Below to Report a Wildlife Sighting:

DO NOT touch or go near the animal.

If it looks sick or hurt, let the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) take care of it. Contact DNR at 877-463-6497 or 410-349-8130 during normal business hours. Natural Resources Police can be reached after hours at 410-260-8888. Depending on the situation it may be necessary to contact a private wildlife control company. Learn more or find a Wildlife Control Operator below.

Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife Problems

Nuisance Wildlife

If you can do it safely, catch the animal.

If you can do it safely, catch the animal. Testing it for rabies might be needed, and having the animal could mean you won't need rabies shots. After the animal is safely caught or you're in a safe place, call the Anne Arundel County Animal Care and Control at 410-222-8900 during normal business hours. After hours, dial 911 and ask for the on-call Animal Control Officer.

For further concerns about exposure, contact the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7254.

Wildlife Services

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Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, such as a groundhog, cat, fox, raccoon or bat. It is also spread when the infected animal’s saliva comes in contact with the eyes, nose, mouth or open cut of a person or another animal.

Preventive treatment might be required for anyone who handled, fed or was attacked by wildlife. Rabies is a fatal disease, and preventive treatment (injections) must be started as soon as possible. The Department of Health advises county residents not to feed wild or stray animals or leave food dishes outside. Pet owners should also keep their animals’ rabies vaccinations current.

To get a free fact sheet on rabies, call 410-222-7254.