While they may have good intentions, the local fish and wildlife office is asking residents not to intervene if they suspect wildlife is injured or orphaned. ESRD Education and Outreach Officer Blaine Burke explains that getting involved will not only stress out the animal, but can be very dangerous.
“They may leave their young alone at periods of time while they go look for food or maybe even to lure predators away as well. Somebody like us that might approach a young animal like that and it’s within viewing distance of a mother, she could get quite agitated and look to attack.”
Burke says they often get a spike of calls around this time of year when there are newborn wildlife, with some concerned residents even bringing animals in. However, he stresses that their best chance for survival will to be left alone.
If you are concerned, observe the animal over 24 hours and if still worried, contact fish and wildlife for advice.