- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are asking people to stay away from young animals because of potential harm to the critters.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1FPwvXw ) that picking up game animals is against the law, even if people think the animal has been abandoned by its mother and is in distress.

Officials say the best option for people to who come across newborn wildlife is to leave them alone. People who find young birds and animals often assume that they have been abandoned, but this is rarely the case. Officials say most animal mothers hide their young and return to feed them.

When newborn animals are encountered and the mother is known to be dead, officials ask that people contact game wardens, biologists or Game and Fish regional offices.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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