NH FISH AND GAME SAYS LEAVE YOUNG ANIMALS ALONE

by Christian Mower on April 19, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS SAY WITH MORE PEOPLE GOING OUTSIDE IN THE WARM SPRING WEATHER, SOME ARE SEEING YOUNG WILD ANIMALS.

AND THEY’RE ASKING PEOPLE TO LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE.

LT. BOB BRYANT HAS BEEN A FISH AND GAME OFFICER FOR 28 YEARS.

HE SAYS PEOPLE – OFTEN WITH GOOD INTENTIONS – PICK UP YOUNG WILDLIFE THEY BELIEVE IS ABANDONED BECAUSE THEY DON’T SEE AN ADULT AROUND. BUT HE SAYS THE ANIMAL’S MOTHER IS USUALLY NEARBY AND WILL TAKE CARE OF IT.

BRYANT SAYS PEOPLE WHO PICK UP WILD ANIMALS ARE ALSO EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO THE RISK OF DISEASE.

HERE’S HIS ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO IF YOU KNOW THE PARENT OF THE YOUNG ANIMALS IS DEAD:

FOR INSTANCE, YOU MIGHT SEE A DEAD RACCOON IN THE ROAD AND SOME YOUNG RACCOONS NEARBY. IN THAT CASE YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT AND THEY WILL CONTACT A LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR.

BRYANT SAYS IT’S ILLEGAL TO TAKE A WILD ANIMAL AND KEEP IT CAPTIVE IF YOU DON’T HAVE A LICENSE TO DO IT.

FOR A LIST OF LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.wildnh.com.