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POSTED: April 25, 2007 5:04 a.m.
Concern for “orphaned” baby wildlife is simply human nature. Most people who come across a baby fawn, a young bird or a newborn rabbit will initially watch in amazement and then immediately wonder if the youngster is in need of help. This spring, as newborn wildlife blossom into existence, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) encourages residents to resist the natural urge to rescue these “orphaned” wildlife.
“Young animals unnecessarily taken into captivity lose their natural instincts and ability to survive in the wild,” WRD Assistant Chief of Game Management John Bowers said. “Thus, the urge to “help” or “save” these animals is strongly discouraged both for the survival of the animal and the safety of the individual.”.
“Most of the time, young animals that appear to be helpless and alone are only separated from the adults temporarily. This separation of adults from newborns is a critical survival mechanism. Adults spend a significant amount of time away from their offspring to minimize predation, but do frequently check on their young,” explains Bowers. “Unfortunately, these well-intentioned acts are likely to result in the “rescued” animal being destroyed or dying because it lost its natural ability to survive. While it may be emotionally difficult, the best course of action for the animal is to leave it be.”
For more information on orphaned, injured or diseased wildlife, visit www.georgiawildlife.com or call (770) 918-6416.
 

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