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David Sparks Ph.d Leave them alone
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Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: June 24, 2019

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Outdoorsman whether you're hiking hunting out in the wilderness under any capacity. We've got some advice. As it turns out June is the peak fining and calving season for deer elk and antelope herds in most western states with camping and outdoor season well underway. Well-meaning outdoorsman often find baby animals that seem to be abandoned fish and game departments are asking people to leave them alone if the female deer returns to find people milling around they're young they'll often leave the area and come back when the people are gone. And by then it is sometimes too late.

Fish and Game Public Information Officer Roger Phillips: This is the time of year that we have lots of fawns and elk calves running around and other small baby animals and we just ask people to kind of go against their instincts if they think they found one that's been abandoned and leave it there because chances are very very good that it has not been abandoned and the mother will be back to retrieve it.

Roger there was an old thing about birds if you found a baby bird that had fallen out of a nest if you put your hands on it then the mother would reject it. Is it the same thing.

I think that's a bit of an old wives tale. I don't think that we've found anything that categorically says a mother is going to reject something because it has human odor on it. But we also know that these things are usually better off if we just don't touch them.

Message delivered. Thanks Roger.

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