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Wildlife best left alone

As the weather warms and people’s outdoor activities increase, so does the chance of encountering baby animals and their parents. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials remind the public that to give wildlife the best chance of survival, people should leave animals alone. Often times, well-meaning people try to provide assistance where, in most cases, none is needed.

Likely learned by watching and reading popular children’s books and movies, some people attribute human qualities to animals, and often try “helping” young animals that appear to be abandoned.

However, calves and fawns, young raccoons, rabbits and many other species are often deliberately left alone by their mothers to give them the best chance of survival. They are not as delicate and vulnerable as a human baby is and human intervention often affects their chances of long-term survival.

“We know most people mean well,” said Erin Serfoss, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Customer Service Representative in Grand Junction. “But picking up a healthy, young animal and bringing it to us or a vet for help is often the worst thing they can do. In the majority of cases, the young animal is much better off left alone.”

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