In the past week, the Bozeman Fish, Wildlife & Parks office has been contacted about a baby magpie, a baby raccoon, a baby duck and three fawns.
Some of the animals were handled and/or confined by humans. Some were able to be returned to the wild, but some could not, prompting wildlife officials to remind the public that it’s in the best interest of the animal and human safety to leave the animals where they are found.
Remember this advice if you see newborn wild animals: “If you care, leave them there.” Do not move or attempt to feed newborn wildlife. Also keep dogs on a leash when recreating outdoors this time of year.
To protect Montana’s deer and elk from the impending threat of chronic wasting disease, FWP is unable to accept, hold, or rehabilitate deer, elk and moose. Should someone bring a fawn or calf to FWP, it must be returned to the site where it was found, or be euthanized.
Other wildlife species, such as birds and small mammals, are also best left in the wild. Usually, young animals picked up by humans can’t be rehabilitated, and they’re often abandoned by adult animals once humans have become involved.