- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Experts with Nebraska Game and Parks are cautioning people to leave wildlife young along, even if a baby animal appears to have been abandoned.

Experts say it’s natural to have the urge to “rescue” young animals, but say well-meaning people often do more harm than good. It’s also illegal to possess most wildlife.

Officials note that a lone fawn or bird may appear to be abandoned, but the mother most likely is off feeding or drinking. It’s also normal for a doe to leave its fawn to keep it from being detected by predators.

Wildlife young should not be raised as pets, because they seek to become more independent as they mature, but are too poorly prepared for life in the wild to survive.

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