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How to Report Pesticide Incidents Involving Wildlife or the Environment

Wildlife and environmental incidents can be reported for all wildlife, including mammals, birds, fish, shell fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects including bees and other pollinators, plants, and for soil and water suspected or known to be related to pesticide exposures.

  • Do not touch or disturb dead animals. Poisoned animals that are still alive may be taken to a veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitation center Exit for treatment. It is best to call the local animal control or Humane Society office for assistance. Rescue of ill animals should be attempted only by trained personnel who are properly protected from pesticide contamination and are knowledgeable about state and federal regulations related to the collection of wildlife. In addition, injured animals can be frightened and aggressive.
  • NPIC’s Ecological Incident Reporting Portal Exitcollects information from government organizations, the public, academia, wildlife rehabilitation centers, conservation societies, and bee keepers. NPIC provides reports to EPA on incidents, but does not collect information for enforcement.
  • Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency, Exitespecially if you are concerned about a possibly illegal use of a pesticide. States generally have primary enforcement responsibility for pesticide misuse violations and for investigating possible instances of pesticide misuse.
  • For incidents involving fish or wildlife, contact your state’s department that is responsible for protecting fish, game, and natural resources.
  • Learn about specific reporting options for possible pollinator incidents.
  • If you suspect that federal pesticide regulations have been violated, submit a report to EPA.
  • Tell the product's manufacturer, who is required by law to submit reports of adverse effects to EPA. Their contact information is on the product label.
  • For any non-registrant wanting to report incidents that may not involve violations of pesticide laws and regulations, send us an email
    • For wildlife exposures, useful information, if available, includes:
      • the type and number of animals exposed;
      • the condition of the animals;
      • the pesticide involved (EPA registration number if available);
      • and any other pertinent information. 
    • For environmental exposures affecting soils, plants, streams, rivers, and other bodies of water, useful information, if available, includes:
      • information on the pesticide involved (EPA registration number if available);
      • number of plants, fish, other aquatic organisms exposed;
      • the condition of the plants, fish and other aquatic organisms; and
      • any other pertinent information.