WSU issues reminder to leave young wildlife alone
PULLMAN, Wash. — WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is issuing a reminder to leave young wildlife alone after someone delivered a male white-tailed fawn to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
According to WSU veterinarians, while bunnies, fledgling owlets, squirrels, fawns, and others may tug at our heart strings, they don’t usually need our help.
Their advice to the public remains the same every year, which is to leave all young wildlife alone regardless of whether or not you think they are abandoned by their mothers.
Most young animals do not need human help unless they are obviously injured.
According to the veterinarians, fawns are left alone for long periods of time while the doe goes out to feed so she can maintain her milk supply.
She can often see her fawn and you without revealing her position, and can convey to the fawn to remain motionless no matter what happens.
The fawn currently at WSU can’t be returned to the wild after being bottle-fed by humans.
It will soon depart to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation and begin its long journey toward a life in a zoo, wildlife park, or other facility.
For more information, concerned citizens can search their state’s game agency websites.
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