Every spring FWP biologists, wardens and others observe how good intentions go wrong when young wildlife are picked-up and moved from their surroundings by well-meaning people.
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 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 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.
Numerous incidents have shown that a newborn wild animal’s best chance at survival and a quality life is, “If you care, leave them there.”