Young Wildlife Need To Stay In The Wild

VERMONT- Spring is here and with the warm temperatures and longer days. Young animals also start to make their appearance. Although you may see young animals and think they need help, picking up young wildlife is against the law. 

Its the time of year when young animals are being born and it can be fun to watch them. However, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind everyone that picking up young animals can often do more harm than good. 

Seeing young animals alone can be concerning but bringing them into a human environment can cause permanent separation from their mothers. Not only are the young animals are put in danger, the humans that 'rescue' them can be put in harm's way. Diseases from the animals as well as angry wildlife mothers pose a threat. 

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife department scientists encourage them to watch and respect these animals and gives some tips on how to know when a young animal may or may not need help. 

Deer and moose leave their young during the day and often for long periods of time. They are not lost and the mothers know where they are and will return. 

Young animals like foxes and raccoons will often follow their mother. Even if you come across a youngster the mother is likely nearby out of sight. 

Keep domestic pets indoors, on a leash or fenced in. Every year dogs and cats kill baby animals that could have been avoided. 

If you have any questions, want more information on young wildlife or you know of a truly orphaned wildlife, call the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.