SHERIDAN - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges people who find young animals this spring to leave wildlife newborns alone.
Most animal mothers hide their young and periodically return to them to nurse. People who find young animals often assume these newborns have been abandoned, but this is almost never the case.The mother knows where her young are, and will almost certainly return.
State and federal laws forbid possession of game (and many nongame) animals, so adopting newborn wildlife is illegal.
The best solution is to leave young animals alone. If children bring home a wild “orphan,” immediately return it to exactly where it was found. In the rare instance when a fawn or other newborn is found and the mother is known to be dead, contact the nearest game warden,biologist, or regional office. Do not attempt to capture these animals yourself.
(Contact: Warren Mischke, 307-672-7418)