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DEC Asking New Yorker’s to Respect Wildlife – Leave Young Animals Alone

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New Yorkers are being asked by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to appreciate local wildlife by maintaining their distance and asking residents to resist the urge to touch and/or move young wildlife.


“Spring’s warmer weather brings with it more sightings and encounters with New York wildlife, especially young birds and other animals,” Interim Commissioner Mahar said. “While some might think these baby animals need assistance, human interactions with wildlife typically do more harm than good. Please remember: if you care, leave it there.”

The DEC says human interaction with young wildlife can prove to be problematic, especially when young animals begin their venture in the wild and have limited ability to either fly or walk on their own. It is common to see young animals receive little to no support from their parents.

“DEC reminds the public that young wild animals like fawns and baby birds are rarely abandoned. Parents often place their young somewhere to keep them hidden from predators while they are off collecting food.” The DEC says.

More information and answers to frequently asked questions may be found on the DEC’s website page regarding young wildlife found HERE.

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