NH Officials Ask Public To Leave Wildlife Alone

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are urging the public not to assume young wildlife they see alone are orphaned and to leave them in the wild.

Officials say they are already receiving reports from wildlife rehabilitators of people picking up young animals and assuming they are alone.

Wildlife Programs Supervisor Kent Gustafson says people think they’re doing a good deed but in reality are removing the animals from the care of their parents and exposing them to the risk of disease.

Officials say it’s not unusual for does to leave fawns while they forage for food so that predators don’t key in on the fawns, which give off no scent — one of their many defense mechanisms.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

  • http://conservation411.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/conservation-news-around-the-web/ Conservation News around The Web | Conservation 411

    […] NH Officials ask people to leave wildlife alone – It’s hard to see a baby animal alone and not want to help it. I get that but keep in mind that most species that have young are independent and perfectly fine to take care of themselves for a short amount of time while mom is hunting. Humans require babysitters, bears do not. […]

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