It's the time of year where wildlife across the state are bearing their young. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department asks that people take extreme care to stay away from young animals during this critical time. Twice this month stories have emerged
humans attempting to aid newborn wild animals.
Game and Fish cautions against picking up newborns because of potential
harm to the animals and issued a reminder 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.
The best option for people who come across newborn wildlife is to leave the
animal alone. Game and Fish wildlife managers say that most animal mothers
hide their young and return periodically to feed them or to nurse. People
finding young birds and animals often mistakenly assume that newborns have
been abandoned, but this is rarely the case. The mother knows where her
young are and will almost certainly return. Young birds will sometimes fall
out or get pushed out of their nests before they are able to fly. The
mother bird will care for the young bird while it is on the ground;
bringing food and trying to protect the youngster while it is in this
Getting too close to some newborn wildlife can be very dangerous. A mother
bear or moose will display very aggressive behavior when humans get close
to their young. It is a good idea to leave an area immediately if an
aggressive wildlife mother is encountered or if young animals are present.
In the rare instance where newborn animals are encountered when the mother
is known to be dead, game wardens, biologists or Game and Fish regional
offices should be contacted.
People should not attempt to capture these animals.
*Photo h/t to Nikki Samuels / Pitchengine Communities*
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