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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Let Nature Take Its Course – Don’t Pick Up Young Wildlife!

JACKSON - With spring underway and summer quickly approaching, newborn wildlife is abound in the Magnolia State.  From hatching birds and newborn squirrels, to white-tailed deer fawns, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds people to leave young wildlife alone.  

Many Mississippians will come across some type of newborn wildlife this spring and summer that appears to be abandoned.  "Baby birds, squirrels, and white-tailed deer fawns are among the top wildlife that people often report as abandoned each spring or summer," said Deer Program Biologist Justin Thayer. "Well-meaning people often pick these animals up in an attempt to care for them, but often do more harm than good."  

Mississippi law prohibits the capture, possession, or caging of any wild animal, including white-tailed deer fawns, squirrels, and birds. "This law is in place to protect wildlife, and residents should heed the warning if they care about the best interest of the animal," Thayer says.  In cases such as young birds or squirrels being blown out of nests during summer storms, often adult animals will find young and continue to care for them.  For white-tailed deer fawns, the doe takes great care to purposefully hide the fawn during its first few weeks of life.  The doe returns several times a day to nurse and will have the fawn following her, and able to out-run predators, in just a matter of weeks.

The MDWFP hopes everyone takes the time to look around this spring and summer and see some new wildlife making their way into the Magnolia State.  Spring is a magical time of year in the wildlife world with new life abound.  Get out and enjoy it, but remember - leave young wildlife alone!   

For more information regarding deer or deer hunting opportunities in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/deer or call us at (601) 432-2199. 

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