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Be On The Lookout For -- But Don't Disturb -- ND's Wildlife

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© Photos courtesy ND Game & Fish Department © Photos courtesy ND Game & Fish Department


It's that time of year.  From baby birds to baby deer, there's hardly anything more adorable.

This is also the time of year when people stop by the State Wildlife Division attempting to deliver baby animals they think have been orphaned or abandoned.  Officials say the mother probably left that baby for a specific reason and time.  

"They'll try to pick it up and collect it and try to take it someplace to try to quote, unquote, save it, but, in essence, they're actually signing that animals death certificate, because there's really no good place for wildlife to be deposited and where they can live a full life.  We'll actually tell them, 'take them back to the place that you left them, that you found them, and leave them there.  That's their best chance for survival,'" says Randy Kreil, Chief of Wildlife Division, North Dakota Game & Fish Department. 

It's also the time of year when wildlife is very mobile.  Both Spring and Fall are peak for animal-vehicle collisions.

"Be on the lookout -- there's a lot of young animals crossing the road.  It's not uncommon to have a troupe of baby ducks crossing the middle of the highway.  People will stop and let them go.  It's just that time of year.  They're just trying to make their way in life and people need to be aware of that," says Kreil.

The Wildlife Division also warns, as cute as they are, don't try to adopt a baby raccoon.  They have parasites and diseases detrimental to humans -- especially children.  Plus, it's illegal to possess a baby raccoon.


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