Parks and wildlife send warning about handling wild animals

4:47 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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LONGMONT- Spring is the time of year when baby animals are born and start to explore their surroundings. It's also a time when Jennifer Churchill, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, likes to remind people about what they should and should not do when they see a wild animal.

"Unfortunately, a lot of people want to help these animals and they think the animals are abandoned and in need. Often, we have the animal parent leaving them there to go forward and look for food for the young. We ask people to really wait 12 to 24 hours, keep an eye on the bird or animal to see if anything changes [and] see if mom comes back," Churchill said.

Churchill says if the mom doesn't return after that time period, it's a good idea to call Parks and Wildlife officials. But, touching the animal is something experts say should not be done for several reasons.
"Once you've actually touched a little mammal like that you could be doing a lot of harm because the parent may actually fear their young from having a scent on it now and completely really and truly abandon that animal," Churchill said.

Coyotes are one of the animals Parks and Wildlife officials say to stay away from. If one is watching or following you it's likely because their den is nearby. Churchill says being loud and obnoxious is a way to scare then away.

To contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, call: 303.291.7227

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