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Wildlife officials: “Leave baby wildlife alone” – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2022-05-06 16:30:24 –

Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) — The Tucson Regional Office of the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reports an increase in phone calls for baby wildlife this spring.

After protecting both the young Bobcat and Havelina, the agency expressed concern about potential trends. The general public has made the false assumption that young wildlife are “thrown away” and “rescue” wildlife.

According to AZGFD, most of the time, the baby mammal is left alone for a long time while the mother is looking for food or water.

According to Raul Vega, regional director of Tucson’s Game and Fish, the act of separating a young animal from its mother, even a well-meaning individual, usually has a negative effect on the animal.

“It seems humane to” help “or” rescue “a baby animal in need, but the wildlife that humans keep in captivity is released without learning from their parents. If done, the chances of survival are greatly reduced. Go back to the wild, “Vega said.

According to AZGFD, the results could include euthanasia or lifelong imprisonment of the animal, four months’ imprisonment, and a $ 750 fine to the responsible person.

If the animal is injured or appears to be in need of help, AZGFD will contact the general public directly at (623) 236-7201 or Tucson Wildlife Center..

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