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OUTDOORS: FWP says be mindful of young wildlife this summer


Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

A family of canadian geese swim at Bear Paw Reservoir earlier this spring. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds residents to be mindful and extremely careful around young wildlife, taking the "If You Care, Leave Them There," stance.

Montana FWP

Each spring and summer, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks receives several calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife.

FWP advises against this practice for several reasons. The agency does not accept, hold or rehabilitate deer and elk because the animals rarely survive the stress of captivity, and because of concerns with the spread of disease. So FWP's likely response would be to tell people to leave the animals alone or return them to where they were found.

While people mean well, they may not understand that their intervention could possibly kill th...

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