Found a baby animal in the forest? Don’t kidnap them, as per a state’s fish and wildlife department.
What To Do If You Find A Baby Animal In The Forest
Picture this: It’s a bright sunny day and you’re slowly hiking in the woods near your town, taking in the view and enjoying the fresh air and usual city noise. You’re making good time and it’s still early so you rest for a bit and rehydrate when out of nowhere, you hear a small bleating sound from behind the bushes. With your curiosity coming to life, you slowly approach the bushes where the sound came from and found, to your surprise, a baby fawn, nestled in the leaves and still unable to walk properly.
If this happens, you may get the urge to carry the baby animal and take it to a shelter, but according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), that’s the last thing you should do. In fact, the department said in a latest release that you shouldn’t assume that the animal needs your help and that you should not think about kidnapping them in the first place.
“This is the time of year when deer fawns are born — and there is a chance you will come upon one that’s all alone. Please don’t assume any young animal is orphaned just because it’s alone —and don’t pick it up,” ODFW said.
Per the wildlife department, mothers leaving their offspring for an extended amount of time are common whenever they forage for food, and they do so because they know their offspring can take care of itself.
“Unfortunately, every year around this time, ODFW offices, licensed wildlife rehabilitators and even Oregon State Police are flooded with calls from people who picked up a deer fawn, elk calf, fledgling bird learning to fly, or other young animal they assumed was orphaned because it was alone,” ODFW added.
As such, never assume that the animal you saw needs your help. However, if you see a young animal with a dead parent, call your local wildlife office for help.