SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges people who find young animals this spring to leave wildlife newborns alone.
Most animal mothers hide their young and return to them periodically to nurse.
People finding young animals often assume these newborns have been abandoned, but this is almost never the case. The mother knows where her young are and will almost certainly return.
State and federal laws forbid possession of game and many nongame animals, so adopting newborn wildlife is illegal.
The department says, if children bring home a wild “orphan,” immediately return it to the exact spot it was found. In the rare instance when a fawn or other newborn is found and the mother is known to be dead, contact the nearest game warden, biologist or regional office and do not attempt to capture these animals yourself.