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May 18, 2013

Bob Garrett's No Child Left Indoors series: Just let wild animals be

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Here's a quick overview of the baby animals that you may encounter this spring

Deer, foxes

Please know that it's common for adults to leave their fawns and kits alone for part of the day, and that these babies are perfectly safe and waiting for mom to return. If you handle a fawn or kit, take a towel, rub it in the grass and use it to wipe down the animal to get your smell off.

Fuzzy backyard animals

Baby rabbits and squirrels are independent at a young age, so while they might look small, they're likely just fine. Opossums, raccoons, and skunks tend to watch out for their young, and if you spot very young animals out and about, particularly in the day time, there might be something wrong. Do your best to keep your family dog or cat from having an encounter with these young animals. If you can, guide the babies to a safe spot so that their mother can easily find them.

Birds

Forget the old myth that birds won't take back their young if they've been handled. If you see a very young bird on the ground in distress, particularly after a big storm, try to return it to its nest. If you can't find the nest or it's been destroyed, place it near the base of the tree and hope for the best. Remember to keep your distance so that you don't scare the adult birds away.

Most people are like our Cub Scouts and they have the very best intentions at heart when they find young wild animals. By all means you and your family should enjoy seeing wildlife, but leave animals to their natural world. Allow wild animals to live the way they were meant to live: Free and Wild.

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