Operation Wildlife gives tips on what to do if you find injured or abandoned wildlife in Douglas County

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If you find an injured animal outdoors this summer, will you know what to do? Watch this episode of Lawrence Times TV to learn from the experts.

Operation Wildlife (OWL), a nonprofit located just outside Lawrence in Linwood, is the largest publicly funded wildlife rescue in the state. It’s provided rehabilitation to injured and orphaned wild animals and education for the public since 1989.

OWL offers helpful resources for people who find wild animals in an emergency. The “So You Found an Animal” guide on its website lists 22 common species in the area with quick facts on each animal, signs of injury, and step-by-step instructions that will guide you through a rescue scenario.

This video features some of the baby animals being treated in the OWL facility. Although we can’t give a behind-the-scenes look into the facility — which includes a surgical suite, laboratory, treatment rooms, and more — it’s for a good reason: the privacy of injured animals at this organization is protected by federal law.

Visit OWL’s website at owl-online.org to learn more, sign up to volunteer, or make a donation.

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Jordan Winter (she/her), a contributor to The Lawrence Times, is a 2019 KU grad with degrees in journalism and political science.

Check out her work at jrdnwntr.com. See more of her work for the Times here.

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