With spring here and early summer approaching, you may be seeing a lot of young wildlife around town. Wildlife reproduction is at its peak as the weather warms up. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife would like to encourage people to think before they act and leave wildlife in the wild through their “Born Wild, Stay Wild” campaign.
Wildlife are very devoted to their young and rarely abandon them, in most cases many species are raised by only one parent (the mother). So, when the mother must leave a few times a day to collect food for herself and her young, there is a chance the baby could venture off from her mother. “Human intervention is always a wild animals LAST hope for survival, NEVER its best hope. The best and safest thing to do when you see and animal alone, is to keep your distance this protects both humans and wildlife. Wild life can carry parasites and diseases and defend themselves by scratching and that can be harmful to humans and pets.
If you do see an animal there are things you can do that can help the animal and still be safe. If you see open wounds or injuries, or know the young wild animal has lost its parent, contact your nearest Wildlife District Office or Local Wildlife Rehabilitator. It is not good to capture or try and feed the animal, unless expert guidance is provided for you. The rehabilitators go through very extensive training in on how to raise and treat young and injured wildlife.
*IT IS ILLEGAL TO POSSESS, OWN, CONTROL, RESTRAIN, OR KEEP ANY WILD ANIMAL. This is to protect wild animal populations and to protect people from disease and injury.
*To prevent wildlife orphans, try checking for nests before cutting down trees or clearing brushes. Cap your chimneys, vents and windows wells to prevent animals from nesting there or getting trapped. Keep pets under control so wildlife is not unnecessarily injured.
For more information, visit wildohio.gov/staywild