About Operation Wildlife

Operation WildLife, Inc. (OWL) provides rehabilitation services for injured and orphaned wild animals, and wildlife education for the citizens of northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri.

We are the largest publicly funded wildlife clinic in Kansas, according to Kansas Wildlife and Parks statistics. We receive thousands of wild animals each year, and the release rate averages 69% from year to year - 20% higher than the national average of 49%.

We receive NO state or federal funding, relying entirely on donations to exist. It is the generosity of people like you that makes it possible for us to continue providing veterinary care, food and rehabilitation for wild animals, with the goal of releasing them back to the wild.

Animal Releases

If you find an injured
or orphaned animal:

1. Keep pets and children away
2. Do NOT feed or water.
3.Call OWL immediately at
(785) 542-3625 or (913) 631-6566.
4. Take the animal to one of
OWL’s facilities.


Pelican Release - January 2015

Bobcat Cub Release - May 2008

Wildlife Articles


Baby Opossum

baby opossumBaby opossums found alone are generally orphaned since they are alway with their mother. Read this article to learn when opossums need rescued and how to transport them to Operation WildLife.
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Baby Rabbit

cottontailAnnually, Operation Wildlife typically takes in 1000-1500 baby cottontails. Most of these are not really orphaned, but were “kidnapped” from their nests by well-meaning people. Learn signs and tests to recognize a true orphan and how to transport orphans to Operation WildLife.
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Baby Raccoon

raccoonMost raccoon babies (kits) come to Operation WildLife because their mothers have been trapped and euthanized as pests. Read about the signs to know when a baby raccoon is in trouble and also learn important safety information when transporting a raccoon.
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Baby Songbird

songbirdBaby songbirds are kicked out of the nest by the parents, when they have most of their feathers and have a little tail, to learn to fly. Read this article to understand when a baby has been abandoned or has fallen from the nest and needs help. It is important to speak to an Operation WildLife volunteer as soon as possible and not offer any food or water until you have gotten professional help.
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Baby Squirrel

squirrelNewborn squirrels look similar to mice. Learn to tell the difference and when to bring a baby squirrel to Operation WildLife. In many cases, the mother will retrieve the baby. Learn techniques to help the squirrel until the mother returns for her offspring.
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A 501(c)3 Organization
FEIN #48-1078633
Contact Us: OpWildlife@aol.com
23375 Guthrie Road
Linwood, KS 66052
Phone: (785) 542-3625
Fax: (785) 542-5114
Monday - Saturday
8am - 5pm
11218 W 75th St.
Shawnee, KS 66203
Phone: (913) 631-6566
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
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