The Utah Wildlife Division wants people to leave abandoned wild animals alone. Photo VTWR
LOGAN – The Utah Wildlife Division reported that it had two incidents this year where unpretentious people thought they were saving an abandoned fawn by bringing it home, said David Smedley, DNR wildlife biologist who oversees Cache Valley.
“We’ve already had calls this year from people finding a fawn, picking it up and bringing it home because they thought it was abandoned., “he said.” The mother may have left the fawn as a predator deterrent and they’ll usually come back for that. “
He said that just because you can’t see the mother doesn’t mean that she isn’t there.
âIf someone takes a fawn, they usually call us and we’ll go get them,â Smedley said. âIf we can get him back to the area where they picked him up, that’s fine. The fawn will probably survive.
If they cannot get it back to the place of origin in time, the fawn must be euthanized.
Deer aren’t the only animals. Well-meaning outdoor enthusiasts love to pick up birds that cannot yet fly.
âPeople should leave the animals alone,â Smedley said. “They have a better chance of survival if they are left alone.”
He said DWR has a place to rehabilitate the birds in Ogden, but they are not set up to deal with the big game.
DWR has recently received several reports across the state of people bringing home newborn fawns and baby raccoons. The National Wildlife Agency wants to remind the public of the dangers and legality of trying to keep a wild animal as a pet.
It is illegal to keep protected wildlife species without a permit, including those you can hunt such as deer, cottontail rabbits, several species of birds, bears, cougars, and more. The DWR oversees the management of these species statewide.
Some wild animals are not protected by Utah state law, which means you do not need to have a valid hunting or trapping license to harvest them. However, there are different rules for keeping wildlife like raccoons (which are not native to Utah) and coyotes, which require a permit to house them in captivity.
The importation, distribution, relocation, captive keeping or possession of live coyotes and live raccoons in Utah is regulated by the Agriculture and Wildlife Damage Prevention Council and is prohibited in under the Utah Code, except as authorized by the Utah State Veterinarian’s Office in the Department of Utah. of Agriculture and Food.
Unauthorized animals can be seized immediately by the DWR, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture and Food, animal control officers or law enforcement officers if the person possessing the animal does not. cannot produce a valid permit for each individual animal. The following wild animals are considered unprotected wild animals in the state of Utah:
- Striped skunks
- Ground squirrels
- Jack rabbits
You may receive a citation for illegal possession of these animals, which is a Class B offense.
âIt is important to protect the health, welfare and safety of the public, as well as of wildlife,â said DWR Law Enforcement Captain Wyatt Bubak. “These animals are wild and should be treated as such, even when they are babies.. “
DWR may issue permits to people who wish to keep wildlife in their possession to learn more about the process Visit the DWR website.
Diseases, viruses and parasites of wildlife can be transmitted to humans and pets through saliva, feces or urine. Viral diseases of raccoons include rabies, canine distemper, raccoon parvoviral enteritis, canine infectious hepatitis, and pseudorabies. Raccoons can also carry and transmit leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis, which can be fatal to unborn babies.
Raccoons can also be infected with the Baylisascaris roundworm, a parasite. Raccoons rarely show symptoms of these roundworms and can pass them on to humans and other animals through their feces. This parasite can cause extreme damage to the human eye, organs and brain.
Fawn and other large game may seem harmless, but they can become aggressive as they age, especially around dogs and during breeding seasons. Whenever wildlife gets used to humans, it can lead to dangerous situations for animals and the public.
For more tips on how to live safely with wildlife, visit Wild Aware Utah Website.