Game & Fish Lander Region Spokeswoman Rene Schell confirmed with County 10 this evening that the baby antelope, who had been picked up by two locals
exactly one week ago, died on
Sunday, May 29.
"After the incident, Game and Fish Game Warden Jessica Beecham tracked the
baby antelope closely and witnessed a doe around the baby antelope on
Saturday evening and most of Sunday," Schell told County 10 this afternoon.
"We believe the baby most likely died from stress."
Schell noted, "Of course we're sad for the antelope, but we're hopeful this
incident, coupled with the Yellowstone bison incident
will teach people that it is not ok to touch newborn wildlife."
Game and Fish cautions against picking up newborns because of potential
harm to the animals and reminds folks that picking up game animals is
against the law, regardless if people think the animal has been abandoned
by its mother. According to Game and Fish, state and federal laws prohibit
the possession of game and many non-game species.