Some times you come across a pigeon with a band on his leg. If you can read the number on the band (binoculars should help) you can find out who owns the bird by contacting The International Pigeon and Dove Institution at 1-800-882-1586 or the American Racing Pigeon Union at (405) 478-2240. They can help you find the owner of the missing bird.
Sometimes you find an injured (not orphaned) wild animal. Resist the urge to "take it home and help it". Many states require a license to rehabilitate wildlife. These regulations help protect the animal as well as the public. Animals can be injured with inappropriate care. Sometimes the animal becomes imprinted and thus never is able to be returned to the wild. You should also know that federal laws prohibit the rehabilitation of some animals like (birds of prey) without a license. Even being caught with the feathers of some birds is a federal crime.
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