CPW: Leave young wildlife alone

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife would like to remind residents that the coming of summer means newborn fawns and other little critters are showing up all over the state.

During spring and early summer, people often see young animals that appear to be alone in the forest, in back yards, on or near trails or along the sides of roads.
The CPW has recently received several reports of “abandoned” fawns that were then moved by humans. CPW asks that you not approach, touch or handle young animals.
“Seeing a fawn alone does not mean that it has been abandoned,” said Frank McGee, area wildlife manager. “Fawns are often left alone by their mother while they go to feed and it’s not unusual for them to be left for several hours at a time.”
If you see a fawn, move away quickly. Do not move closer or attempt to get the animal to move. Fawns that are truly abandoned will show signs of distress such as crying.
Call your local CPW office if the fawn has been left overnight or shows signs of injury.
Food should never be given to wildlife. There is plenty of natural food available for wild animals, he said.
If you see a young animal, admire its beauty from a distance, and then move on quietly. CPW encourages parents to explain to their children not to disturb wildlife.