If You Care, Leave that Young Animal There
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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds residents to leave deer fawns and other young wildlife where you find them this spring.
It is natural for adult deer and elk to leave their young alone for extended periods of time while they are searching for food, so what appears to be an orphaned animal usually is not.
Young animals picked up by people are often abandoned by adult animals once human scent is transferred to them. Leaving animals alone is the best way to ensure that young wildlife is raised as nature intended—in the wild. So just remember the mantra of wildlife experts: “If you care, leave them there.”
FWP also reminds dog owners to keep their pets leashed or close to their side this spring and summer so they don’t chase, injure or stress young wildlife. To learn more about living with Montana’s wildlife, visit the FWP Wild Things Web page at fwp.mt.gov and click on Living with Wildlife.
(Report by Vivaca Crowser – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)