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Outdoors Notebook: Florida bass added to Duncan lakes; Wildlife Department says to leave young wildlife alone; free summer fishing classes start Saturday in Oklahoma City; Bat watch deadline Wednesday
by Ed Godfrey Published: June 1, 2013

Biologists for the Wildlife Department say it is common for people to want to help the animals, but it is better that they are left alone.

“If you find newborn wildlife while in your yard or in the woods that appears to be alone, chances are an adult animal is nearby and simply waiting for you to move along so they can take care of their young,” said Melynda Hickman, wildlife diversity biologist 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. It's also best to leave birds, young squirrels and other wildlife alone as well.”

In Oklahoma, most fawns are born in May and June.

Fishing classes for kids

Free summer fishing classes for kids begins Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Offered by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, anglers ages 5 to 15 are eligible. Classes are scheduled on Saturday mornings throughout the summer at various locations.

Saturday's class will be at the newly-opened South Lakes fishing pond in South Lakes Park, SW 119 and Meridian.

Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided. Reservations are required and students must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, visit or call 316-3474.

Bat watch deadline on Wednesday

The deadline to register for the annual summer Selman Bat Watches near Freedom ends Wednesday.

Each summer, the Selman Bat Cave near Freedom is used by migratory female Mexican free-tailed bats to raise pups. In the evenings, the bats take flight in mass numbers to feast on tons of insects.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation organizes public viewings of the bats, limited to 75 people each night. Spectators are chosen by a random drawing.

For more information, visit or call 990-4977.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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