What to do if You Encounter Young Wildlife.

Photo - porcupette (baby porcupine), and NEVER a good pet!

Photo - porcupette (baby porcupine), and NEVER a good pet!

Kimberly J. Epp

Spring is on its way. With the warming temperatures, we may want to head out to explore. Often we may run into wildlife, and even wild young. Please view them from a distance. Give them the space they need. Do not frighten them.

Most mammal mothers will leave their young alone as they forage for food. They are never very far away though. The lone baby porcupine (porcupette) is left hanging in the tree limbs. It isn't defenseless as it has quills as well. The quills harden one hour after birth....The female doe will lick her fawn(s) scentless and then hide her so she is camouflaged among the long grasses. Leave them there!

Unfortunately too many young mammals thought to be orphaned, are brought to local rehabbers every year. If you remember where you found it you can quickly return it, but most are brought to be cared for by the rehabbers.

If you see a young bird that has fallen out of its nest, also leave it be. Unless it has no feathers -in that case, use a ladder and place it back into the nest. The mother will still accept it despite your holding it. but as for the other young birds, they are learning to fly. A process every young bird goes through. The parents still feed it.

So unless there is an obvious need for intervention it is a good idea to first call The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of SK @ 306-242-7177. You will be referred to a rehabber in your area. Remember; IF YOU CARE, LEAVE IT THERE!

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