What to do When you see a Baby Wildlife Animal Alone in the Wild

Local News Station WBBJ out of Jackson, TN

When it come to baby wildlife animals, experts say it is best to leave them alone. Leave them in their natural habitat. If you feel they are in danger call your local Animal Control Office, or the local Wildlife Resources Agency in your area.

As a way of protecting them, experts say that it is completely natural for mother deer to leave their fawn out in an open area alone (open field, side of the road etc…). Summer is usually the most frequent time to find baby deer “abandoned” according to local Madison County, TN TWRA agent Matt Canada.

Canada stated, “People end up picking these deer up, thinking they are abandoned or something is wrong with them; then they end up trying to take care of this deer.”

Another local TWRA officer, Brian Thompson, made reference to the fact that the mother deer will come back for their fawn; however, she can only come back for them if they are where she left them.

The best way to handle the situation is to let nature work itself out. TWRA officer Matt Canada also stated, “The best thing is to just leave that deer right where you see it, leave it alone and let it stay there in its natural habitat.”

White Tail Deer are a Class IV species; this specific class of species may only be possessed by zoos, temporary exhibitors or rehabilitation facilities. These standards are addressed in Tennessee State Wildlife Law: 1660-01-18-.01. GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING POSSESSION OF LIVE WILDLIFE.

For the original post from WBBJ and more information on TWRA State Laws use these hyperlinks: Local News Station WBBJ out of Jackson, TN1660-01-18-.01. GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING POSSESSION OF LIVE WILDLIFE, or also the  TWRA website.

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