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The More You Know: Baby Wildlife

As temperatures rise and days grow longer, newborns of many wildlife species are beginning to explore the world around them. To that end, the Arizona Game & Fish Department is encouraging Arizonans to resist the urge to help seemingly abandoned animals, including baby birds and young rabbits, as a parent is likely nearby and will return once humans have left the area.

“Picking up or ‘rescuing’ baby wildlife is often unnecessary and can have negative consequences,” said Stacey Sekscienski, wildlife education program manager. “While the intention is well-meaning, the ‘rescue’ often results in a newborn or juvenile animal being taken from its parents, which are likely just out foraging for food and water. This can often leave a parent searching for its young, and wildlife raised by humans is less likely to survive if released back into the wild.”

Young wildlife found in a yard or in the field is rarely abandoned. Typically, once the perceived predator (perhaps a dog, cat or person) leaves the area, one or both parents will return and continue to care for the young.

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