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Leave Baby Animals Alone

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This is that time of year when young animals are very much in evidence, whether they are bear cubs, elk calves, or even baby birds.  While it is human nature to be concerned if it appears the animals have been abandoned, Wyoming Game and Fish Spokesman Mark Gocke says they really need to be left alone. Gocke adds that handling a baby animal is often akin to signing its death warrant.  Animals taken from the wild rarely survive, and often will be ignored by a parent that detects human scent on it.  If someone in the general public does encounter a baby animal that they genuinely believe was abandoned, Gocke says they should contact game officials to deal with it rather than trying to intervene on their own. Gocke says it is kind-of against our nature to let nature take its course.  People want to take care of these animals, but they just need to resist that urge and let the mom do her job.

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