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Why You Should Leave Young Animals Alone

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Late spring and early summer are great times to check the status of hunting stands left on the tree over the winter, scout for early fall acorn prospects, and check food plots that are emerging or may need attention.

In all of these activities, you’re likely to bump into young wildlife that may seem abandoned. Most likely, that’s not the case, as this post from Connor Harrison in the Lone-Star Outdoor News points out. Taking action may in fact be the worst thing you can do.

WV Deer 2013 040As wildlife become active this time of year, many animals are on the move and taking their young as they search for resources. People in rural and urban environments may find themselves coming across adolescent animals that appear to need human kindness but sometimes the less human interaction the babies get, the better.

Gone are the spring days of wobbly fawns and baby birds just out of their shells, yet these and other animals are still only a few months old. Most are adolescents being cared for by their mothers and these young animals often stray and appear to be abandoned. Some may appear listless from the heat or lack of water. This is not the time to help out, wildlife experts say.

“Many people discover apparently lost or abandoned wildlife young and take them in, thinking they are doing the right thing, and this sometimes does more harm than good,” said Mark Klym of the Wildlife Diversity branch at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “People should leave young animals alone unless they are obviously injured or orphaned. It is best to observe a wild creature from a distance for a while in order to make that determination.”

Staying too close to the baby may keep the mother from returning, Klym said.

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