It may be just part of your good nature, but Saskatchewan conservation officers says well-intentioned people who want to rescue what appears to be orphaned young animals — should just leave them alone.
It’s a simple message — whether it’s a young fawn, duckling, small rabbit or a songbird, it is best to let nature take its course.
In the majority of cases, young animals are not abandoned or deserted, and the mother is nearby watching.
Anytime a young wild animal comes into contact with humans, its chance for survival decreases significantly.
Plus, it’s illegal to take wild animals home.
The Government of Saskatchewan warns wildlife may carry and transmit infectious diseases to people, such as rabies or West Nile Virus.
Only wildlife rehabilitators are licensed to care for orphaned and injured animals.
For example, to determine if a deer fawn is truly orphaned, check to see if it has been lying in the same position for more than 10 hours. Also, see if there are obvious signs of injury, or that it has been orphaned.
Residents are also reminded to steer clear of adult wildlife, such as deer or moose that sometimes wander into urban areas.