Each year we receive numerous calls from citizens who, with the best of intentions, have “rescued” a newborn wild animal. The most common situation is people who find deer fawns in residential areas and mistakenly believe that the animals were orphaned or abandoned. Although these good samaritans believe they are helping the animals, the opposite is actually true. Once you remove a wild animal from its natural surroundings, its chances for survival and successful reintroduction into the wild are greatly diminished. The next time you see a newborn animal in the wild, remember this saying: “If you care, leave them there.”
In the rare case that wildlife needs assistance, please contact a permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator. A rehabilitation expert can make an informed decision on whether intervention is in the animal’s best interest. It is also important to remember that not all young-of-the-year animals will survive. This is nature’s way of controlling populations.