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Young Wildlife Belongs in the Wild

“If you care, leave them there.”

The arrival of spring and summer means the arrival of newborn and just-hatched wildlife. These youngsters soon venture into the world on shaky legs or fragile wings and are discovered by people living and working nearby. Every year, the lives of many young creatures are upset by people who mean only to help. These people take baby wildlife from the wild in a mistaken attempt to save them. In fact, these would-be rescuers are harming the young animals’ chances of becoming normal adults.

These well-meant acts of kindness tend to have the opposite result. Problems can be avoided if you follow one simple rule when coming upon young wildlife: leave them alone.