the best thing for any animal found in the wild is to stay…in the wild.
Leave Baby Animals Alone
The North Dakota Game and Fish
Department emphasizes a simple message to well-intentioned humans who want to
pick up and rescue what appears to be orphaned baby animals – don’t
touch them. Whether it is a young fawn, duckling, cottontail rabbit or a
songbird, it is better to just walk away.
More often than not young animals
are not abandoned or deserted, and the mother is probably watching nearby.
Young wildlife are purposely placed into seclusion by their mothers to protect
them from predators.
Anytime a young wild animal has
human contact its chance for survival decreases significantly. It’s
illegal to take wild animals home, and captive animals later returned to the
wild will struggle to survive because they do not possess learned survival skills.
The only time a baby animal should
be picked up is if a young songbird is found on a doorstep. If that is the
case, the young bird should be moved nearby to suitable habitat.
Citizens should also steer clear of
adult wildlife, such as deer or moose that might wander into urban areas.
Crowding stresses animals, and this could lead to a potentially dangerous
Also, motorists are reminded to
watch for deer along roadways. June is one of the peak months for deer?vehicle
accidents because young animals are dispersing from their home ranges. With
deer more active during these months, the potential for car?deer