… a fawn napper!
Think Twice Before Rescuing Young Wildlife
Each year the Department of Natural Resources (UNB) receives numerous calls from citizens who, with the best of intentions, have “rescued” a young wild animal and are seeking tips on how to properly care for it. However, many times these citizens are endangering the lives of young wildlife by interfering with their natural adaptation and learning of basic survival skills.
Spring is a time when many native species are busy raising their young, and it can be very enjoyable to watch – but do so from a distance! Young animals are very cute and it’s often hard to resist the urge to help them, but remember, by interfering with them, more harm than good is done. Their chances of survival are much better if left in their natural surroundings to be raised by their parents.
Unless the animal appears injured or in distress, there is no need to rescue them.
Signs that a wild animal needs help:
- Evidence of bleeding
- An apparent or obvious broken limb
- A featherless or nearly featherless bird on the ground
- A dead parent nearby
- Audible distress calls (fawn crying, etc) given over a prolonged period of time.