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It's best to leave newborn wildlife alone

From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports Published: June 29, 2014
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Spring and early summer in Oklahoma means newborn wildlife. Biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation say young critters are best left alone when discovered by outdoor enthusiasts.

“When you see newborn wildlife that appears to be alone, such as a fawn, a young squirrel or a fledgling bird, chances are the adults are nearby and simply waiting for you to move along so they can care for their young,” said Jena Donnell, wildlife diversity information specialist for the Wildlife Department.

“It is common for fawns to be left in a safe place while does feed nearby, and interfering with that always causes more harm than good."

In Oklahoma, most fawns are born in May and June, and people generally begin seeing them in mid to late June.

Thunderstorm winds can blow fledgling birds and squirrels out of their nests as well. And even though these young creatures may appear to be alone, distressed or in need of help, the adults will often find and care for them.

“You can actually cause them more stress by trying to move or help them,” Donnell said. “Sportsmen and others who care about wildlife tend to want to help, but sometimes the best help we can offer young wildlife is to leave them alone and let nature take care of its own.”