What to do when encountering young wild animals in the Hudson Valley
Spring has officially arrived and we may encounter young or newborn wild animals on or around our properties. Here is what to do during these meetings.
If you come across young or newborn wild animals there are a few things you should know. Although the young animal may appear abandoned, it is very likely that the animal’s parent is nearby. Do not touch a wild baby animal. If you are concerned about the animal, contact the DEC.
There are many wild animals that will leave their young in a safe place, where they will remain calm while avoiding detection by predators. They will return periodically to feed their young, usually a few times in a 24-hour period, according to the DEC.
Fawns, cottontail rabbits, young birds are some of the most common animals that are mistakenly “saved” by people who think the animals have been abandoned. Unfortunately, this action results in the death of many younger animals, as they are generally difficult to breed in captivity. Please note that it is illegal to keep wild animals in captivity without a permit.
If you come across young wild animals while on the move, the best thing to do is leave them where they are and observe from a distance. Keep in mind that the animal’s parent may be in the area but not show up because of your presence. For more information on young wild animals, visit the DEC website.
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