The Mercer County Wildlife Center is owned by Mercer County and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of the Wildlife Center Friends. It is a state and federally licensed facility that cares for injured, ill and displaced native wildlife. All services provided by the center are free of charge to those who call us for advice or bring in animals in need of care.
The Mercer County Wildlife Center is open 365 days a year. Please call (609) 303-0552 in order to contact the center.
May - September - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
September to April - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Even though overall bear sightings and encounters are declining again this year, New Jerseys residents, particularly those living in "bear country" in northwest NJ are advised to take a few simple precautions to reduce the risk of potential encounters. For more details see this flyer. Additional information can be found on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and also a podcast they have provided.
It is important for residents who live in "bear country" to be aware of steps they can take to reduce chances of bears coming onto their property. Please see Press Release. Additional information can be found on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website.
Despite being one of the most successful urban mammals, many people are surprised to see a coyote or fox in their backyard – and that surprise often leads to panic. The good news is that there really is not much to worry about! For more details use the attached link.
Birds of prey are magnificent birds. They are an important part of the ecosystems to which they belong and provide rodent control in urban ecosystems. As more wild animals are displaced by over development and human activities, it's important that we learn to peacefully coexist with them - and protect our pets at the same time. For more details see the attached flyer.
The Mercer County Wildlife Center has prepared a brochure with valuable information regarding deer, the impact they have on residents, how to protect your gardens and the best way to avoid them while driving.