Don’t touch ‘orphaned’ or ‘abandoned’ wildlife, Texas Parks & Wildlife warns

Fawn (Pixabay)

Your helping hand may actually be hurting the animals’ chances of survival

SAN ANTONIO – Officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife are warning people to leave wild animals alone this spring.

Texans might notice more wildlife in their backyards, neighborhoods and surrounding areas but TPWD experts are warning potential do-gooders against lending a helping hand.

“Species including birds, deer and snakes are active this time of year and their young often stray or appear to be abandoned,” according to a news release.

Deer fawning season starts in early to mid-May and mothers leave fawns alone for hours at a time, the release states.

“Well-meaning people sometimes pick up these fawns, thinking that they have been abandoned by their mothers and need help. This is rarely the case.”

All young animals should be left alone unless they are obviously injured or orphaned.

Officials recommend spending time observing the animal from a distance to try and decipher whether or not the animal has been abandoned or is hurt.

“Staying too close may deter the mother from returning, so be sure to practice your social distancing skills. By interfering too soon, you may be doing more harm than good,” according to the news release…

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/04/19/dont-touch-orphaned-or-abandoned-wildlife-texas-parks-wildlife-warns/?outputType=amp

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