Spring gives us blooming wildlife, but wildlife officials remind us to leave animals alone, especially babies.
Game and fish officers told News 13 we should watch our surroundings and be smart about staying a safe distance away, as animals can be extremely dangerous when they have newborns around.
Public Relations Coordinator at WGFD Janet Milek commented, “People often times feel like they’ve been abandoned because mothers are protecting them from predators by dropping their wild life and then kind of wandering away. Maybe just over the hill, but they are still safe. It’s a tactic that they take and we want to make sure that those big game are not touched by humans and brought in."
It's important to stay away from baby wild life so our human scent won’t interfere with the mothers nursing their young.
Taking baby animals out of their environment can be fatal; often the mother will reject their young if they carry a foreign scent, like from being touched by a human.
A Casper wildlife biologist said although we may have good intentions, animals should still be left alone.
Heather O’Brien, Casper Wildlife Biologist commented, “Those animals have evolved to be in those situations and deal with things so the best thing in almost every case is to not touch and if you really have concerns just give us a phone call and we'll figure it out."
The best thing is to be mindful of wildlife and let Mother Nature do her nurturing.
Around this time of year the big game species likely to have babies are antelope, deer, elk, moose and big horn sheep.