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With wildlife, if you care, leave it there

May 25, 2017
Editorial , Lake Placid News

We'd like to echo the state Department of Environmental Conservation's annual reminder to leave young wildlife undisturbed, even if they seem in distress.

This week, the DEC cautioned visitors to natural areas against interacting with newborn fawns and other young wildlife as the peak birthing season starts. Those who see a fawn or other newborn wildlife should enjoy their encounter but keep it brief, maintain some distance, and not attempt to touch the animal.

"As much as we are compelled to reach out to these young animals, we need to be aware that our interactions could be detrimental to their well-being," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

Many people assume that young wildlife found alone are helpless and need assistance; however, human interaction typically does more damage than good.

Young wildlife are not pets, and keeping wildlife in captivity is both illegal and harmful to the animal. Wild animals are not well suited for life in captivity. They may carry diseases that can be transferred to humans.

Should you find a fawn or other young wildlife, please consider the saying, "If You Care, Leave It There."



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