Every spring, fawns and baby wildlife of a variety of species start showing up in Colorado, including the Upper Arkansas Valley of Lake, Chaffee and Fremont counties.

Unfortunately, too often those baby critters also start showing up at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices in the arms of well-meaning people who don’t heed our call to leave baby wildlife alone.

This year, the numbers are particularly high and CPW is urging the public to simply call the agency if they believe an animal has been abandoned. Not only is it illegal to keep and feed most wildlife as your own, but it will also lead to a poor chance of survival if they are ever returned to the wild.

“Many birds and mammals give birth this time of the year,” said Jim Aragon, CPW Area Wildlife Manager for the region that extends from Leadville to Buena Vista, Salida and Cañon City. “It’s not uncommon for newborn wildlife to be found in backyards, trails, open spaces and even in parking lots.

“But rarely are these animals truly abandoned. Does will leave their fawns for hours at a time while they go off to feed. The fawns will stay right where they were put until the mother comes back.”

Aragon said animal lovers must resist the urge to pick up or feed young animals.

CPW asks people to call the Salida office, 719-530-5520, to ensure the best outcome for animals.

For more information on living with wildlife, visit http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlife.aspx

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