Fish and Game: Leave young animals in the wild

The Enterprise

SALEM – Spring means wildlife are bearing their young, and state wildlife officials are reminding people to give them space and leave the young’uns alone.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife notes that May and June are the months when many newborn animals are getting their start in the wild.

The agency is joined by Oregon State Police in cautioning against taking young animals out of the wild – It’s not only against the law, but it’s also bad for the animal. Such animals miss the chance to learn important survival skills from their parents like where to feed, what to eat, and how to escape from predators.

Often the human interference is well-intentioned but misguided. Every spring, wildlife officials across the state get calls from people concerned about “orphaned” deer fawns, elk calves, seal pups and . . .