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Public reminded to leave young wildlife alone

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 13, 2017:

Public reminded to leave young wildlife alone

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reminds the public to leave alone any deer or antelope fawns, elk calves, bear cubs or other wild animals they may find.

Most young-of-the year wildlife people discover are simply hiding while awaiting their parents’ return from foraging nearby.

Removing these young animals can cost them their lives, Rick Winslow, a department biologist warned.

“You might think you’re rescuing it, but in reality you’re just kidnapping it,” Winslow said. “In most cases, the best thing to do is just leave it alone and quietly leave the area.”

People who pick up wild animals also risk exposing themselves to fleas and ticks that may carry diseases, he said.

Public reminded to leave young wildlife alone - New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Returning a young wild animal to its natural environment after it’s been carried off by a human can be very difficult and may not work in many cases, Winslow said.

“It’s best to just let nature take its course,” Winslow said. “If there’s still a doubt, call us and we’ll check it out.”

For more information about living with wildlife in New Mexico please visit the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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2017-07-13T09:09:54+00:00