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Leave young wildlife in the wild: Young animals are rarely orphaned, so leave them alone this time of year


June 28, 2018

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A black-tailed deer fawn in Lincoln City last month after being put back where it was found by someone who picked it up, assuming it was orphaned.

Put it back. That's the advice you're likely to hear if you bring a young wild animal home to "take care of it"-and you might get a warning or citation from Oregon State Police, too.

 Oregon's deer and elk give birth from May through July and many other wildlife species also bear their young at this time of year. It's natural for mother animals to leave their young alone for extended periods of time while they go off to feed, so never assume a young animal is orphaned when you see it alone. The mother will return when it's safe to do so-when people, pets or predators aren't around.


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