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SHERIDAN – During the next few weeks wild animals all over Wyoming will be bearing their young.  With that infusion of newborn animals, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department receives numerous calls about animals that people think have been abandoned.

Abandonment of newborn animals rarely happens and the Game and Fish urges people who find young animals this spring to leave these wildlife newborns alone.  The mother knows where her young are and will return to care for and nurse them. State and federal laws forbid possession of game and many nongame animals, so adopting newborn wildlife is usually illegal.

The best solution is to leave the young animals alone. If children bring home a wild “orphan,” immediately return it to the exact spot where it was found. Remember: If you care, leave them there.

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, but do not attempt to capture and care for these animals yourself.
(Contact: Warren Mischke (307) 672-7418)