People who encounter young wildlife such as a fawn or rabbit should leave
the animal alone and not attempt to “rescue” it, the Indiana Department of
Natural Resources’ Division of Fish and Wildlife is saying.
April to July is the peak season for people to see baby animals in Indiana.
Animal often leave their young during the day to look for food or to deter
predators, and folks sometimes mistake the animal as abandoned when, in
fact, it is being properly cared for by its mother.
“Even if you think the animal is injured, you still should leave it be,” the
DNR said. “It’s best to let nature take its course. If you feel compelled to
intervene, you should call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. It’s illegal
to keep a wild animal without the proper permits and training. Most people
are not trained in animal nutrition, nor do most people know how to raise a
wild animal without it developing a dependence on humans.”
A list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators and their phone numbers is at
White-tailed deer have babies through mid-June. If you find a fawn, give the
animal distance and do not disturb it. The mother will not return if you are
present, which may delay nursing for a hungry fawn.
“Remember, if you care, leave it there,” the DNR added. “In almost all cases
that is the best thing for the animal. Wild animals are not pets. These
animals may carry diseases and are not suited for captivity.”