- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says it’s been taking numerous reports from people who have picked up young animals, often mistakenly thinking they are orphans.

Biologists say in most cases, the mother is not far off, so it’s best to leave them alone.

If in doubt, people can report the location of the animal to the department. Only qualified people with special rehabilitator permits may take in and care for injured or orphaned wildlife. Improper care of injured or orphaned wildlife often leads to their sickness or death.

“Picking up young animals is an error in judgment,” said wildlife biologist Dan Bergeron. “People think they’re doing a good deed, but they are often removing the animal from the care of its parents and potentially exposing themselves to the risk of disease. Your actions may result in the animal having to be euthanized for rabies testing.”

Bergeron said young wild animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians typically have their best chance of surviving when they are in their own natural environment.

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