With April showers
and May flowers come baby animals. This spring, the Indiana Department of
Natural Resources is urging folks to keep wildlife wild by leaving them
where they belong.
If you encounter a
baby animal alone, remember:
rarely abandon their young. The parent may be out of sight gathering food.
Leaving young unattended is normal for many species. To minimize discovery
by predators, adults return only a few times a day.
--Do not hover to
see if a parent has come back to their young. An adult animal will not come
near if a person is standing nearby. Give young animals space and only check
back periodically. If you can’t tell if a mother has checked on a nest,
place straw or grass over the nest and return later to see if it has been
should not be handled. Though human scent may not cause parents to abandon
their young, it can alert predators to the young animal’s presence. They can
carry diseases or parasites that may transfer to people. Young animals can
also inflict damage by biting or scratching people trying to help.
wildlife is legal; keeping them is not,” the DNR added. “You can rescue
truly orphaned and/or injured wild animals without a permit, but the animal
must be given to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator who is trained on how to
properly raise and release the species within 24 hours.”
A list of wildlife
rehabilitators is at wildlife.IN.gov/5492.htm
If interested in
becoming a wildlife rehabilitator, information is at the same website,
cannot obtain a wild animal possession permit for a young animal collected
from the wild.