Touching or ‘trying to save’ baby wildlife could be a death sentence for them

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Experts advise the public to “leave baby wildlife alone” as the consequences can be deadly for them.

Spring in New Mexico is an exciting time for wildlife. This is the time of year when most babies are born. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reminds the public to leave alone any deer or antelope fawns, elk calves, bear cubs or other wild animals they may find.

Most young-of-the-year wildlife that people discover are simply hiding while awaiting their parents’ return from foraging nearby.

Removing these young animals can cost them their lives, Orrin Duvuvuei, department deer and pronghorn biologist, warned.

“For about a week after birth, young wildlife exhibit hiding behaviors to avoid detection and increase their chance for survival. You might think it has been abandoned, but in reality, the mother is typically a few hundred yards away,” Duvuvuei said. “In most cases, the best thing to do is just leave it alone and quietly leave the area.”

If you do find baby wildlife that appears to be abandoned, do not touch it….but instead, if possible, mark the location using a GPS and contact the department immediately by calling (888) 248-6866.

For more information, visit their website.

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