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Nebraska officials ask public to leave wildlife babies alone

June 9, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials are urging members of the public to leave baby wild animals alone even if they appear to be abandoned.

Commission officials say lone fawns, birds or mammals may appear to be abandoned or injured, but in many cases the mother is off feeding or drinking and will return. In some cases, other deer will adopt an orphaned fawn.

They say is also normal for a doe to leave its fawn to keep it from being detected by predators. Predators can see the doe as it feeds, so she often hides the fawn and leaves the area to draw attention away.

Additionally, they say wild animals shouldn’t be treated as pets.

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