PHOENIX — As tempting as it is to help seemingly abandoned baby animals, the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD) is asking the public to leave baby wildlife alone.
While it may appear the baby birds or bunnies have been left behind, once the perceived predator (a dog, cat, or person) leaves the area, one or both parents will return and continue to care for their young, according to AZGFD officials.
Once young animals have been removed from the wild, AZGFD said some species, like elk calves and deer fawns, may have to be euthanized because they cannot be released back into their natural habitat. Zoos and other wildlife sanctuaries usually are not viable options, as they often don’t have available space.
Baby birds are the most common young wildlife encountered by the public and removed from the wild, AZGFD said. Eggs of ground-nesting birds like quail should be left untouched.
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