Posted: May 26, 2013 9:40 PM by MTN News
MISSOULA - State wildlife officials are reminding residents to leave deer fawns and other young wildlife where they're found this spring.
It is natural for adult deer and elk to leave their young alone for extended periods of time while they are searching for food, so what appears to be an orphaned animal usually is not.
Young animals picked up by people are often abandoned by adult animals once human scent is transferred to them," Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks advises.
Leaving animals alone is the best way to ensure that young wildlife is raised as nature intended-in the wild. So just remember the mantra of wildlife experts: "If you care, leave them there."
FWP also wants to remind dog owners to keep their pets leashed or close to their side this spring and summer so they don't chase, injure or stress young wildlife.
That reminder comes after a moose and its offspring attacked a woman and her dogs of a Blue Mountain trail last week. The animal attacked after the woman's dogs went after the moose.