Animal Incidents

Only trained animal technicians should handle animals.  Untrained persons should not attempt to approach animals. Any direct physical contact with an unknown animal, especially if it results in a bite or scratch, is a serious issue and should be reported to Cornell Health at 607 255-5155 as soon as possible.

If an animal such as a bat or raccoon is found inside a building, isolate it in a room by closing doors behind it and keeping people away.

  • On the Ithaca campus call Facilities Customer Service at 607 255-5322.
  • On the Cornell AgriTech campus call Buildings and Properties at 315-787-2499

If you are unable to isolate the animal or see a suspicious animal wandering loose:

  • On the Ithaca campus call call Cornell Police at 911 (or 607 255-1111 from a cell phone)
  • On the Cornell AgriTech campus call Buildings and Properties at 315-787-2499

If an animal has bitten, scratched or had direct contact with a person, call Cornell Police or your local emergency services at 911 as soon as possible.