ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona Game and Fish asks people to avoid helping baby wildlife

May 8, 2021, 5:45 AM | Updated: May 10, 2021, 7:41 am
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the public not to interfere with seemingly abandoned baby animals.

“Picking up or ‘rescuing’ baby wildlife is often unnecessary and can have negative consequences,” Stacey Sekscienski, wildlife education program manager, said in a press release.

Although the animal may appear abandoned, a parent is likely nearby and will return once humans leave the area, according to the release.

“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,” Sekscienski said.

“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.”

Removal of some species, such as elk calves or deer fawns, may also result in the animal being euthanized because they cannot be released due to disease concerns.

Zoos and other wildlife sanctuaries have limited space to hold them, according to the release, with the facilities inundated each year with baby birds, rabbits and other wildlife unnecessarily taken from the wild.

Those who encounter an animal that is clearly sick or injured, unresponsive, has been attacked by a cat or dog or there is strong evidence that the mother is dead is asked to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

“It’s reassuring to know our Arizona community is passionate about caring for wild animals, but most often, the best thing anyone can do is just to leave baby wildlife alone,” Sekscienski said.

People are also asked to leave eggs of ground-nesting birds like quail in place when discovered.

More information on what to do if abandoned or injured baby wildlife is believed to be discovered can be found online.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said Arizona needs “to have a comprehensive plan” fo...
Kevin Stone

Kari Lake, Arizona’s GOP nominee for governor, calls water supply ‘maybe the top issue’

With Arizona facing reduced access to Colorado River water, GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said securing the state’s supply is “maybe the top issue."
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
KTAR.com

Police arrest man after fatal stabbing over lighter in Mesa

Maricopa County Sheriffs arrested a man in Mesa Sunday after he fatally stabbed another man 50 to 70 times in an altercation.
13 hours ago
FILE - Visitors view the dramatic bend in the Colorado River at the popular Horseshoe Bend in Glen ...
Associated Press

Arizona takes another hit in new round of Colorado River water cuts

U.S. officials announced that Arizona and Nevada will face more Colorado River water cuts as they endure extreme drought.
13 hours ago
(City of Glendale Photo)...
KTAR.com

Glendale police investigating fatal car crash that kills pregnant woman

Glendale police are investigating a head on car accident that left a woman and he unborn child dead on Sunday, authorities said. 
13 hours ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
KTAR.com

Hear stories from 2022 Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s with KTAR, Arizona Sports

Here are the stories of five kids from this year's Phoenix Children's Give-A-Thon who are living examples of the quality care provided at the hospital.
13 hours ago
(Twitter photo: @DougDucey)...
KTAR.com

Arizona DHS director says state couldn’t wait on shipping container wall at southern border

With a high number of migrants crossing the border, Tim Roemer said Arizona couldn't wait any longer to use the shipping containers.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
...
CANVAS ANNUITY

Best retirement savings rates hit 4.30%

Maximize your retirement savings with guaranteed fixed rates up to 4.30%. Did you know there is a financial product that can give you great interest rates as you build your retirement savings and provide you with a paycheck for life once you retire? It might sound too good to be true but it is not; this product is called an annuity.
Arizona Game and Fish asks people to avoid helping baby wildlife