Baby Wildlife Is Best Left Alone
Excerpt taken from the Colorado Division of Wildlife website
Spring is the final hurdle for Colorado’s wildlife, and the best way to help wildlife of all shapes and sizes
is to leave them alone.
Food sources aren’t fully replenished, which means wildlife still need to conserve energy to survive.
Please be aware that human activities can displace animals into less desirable habitats and cause them
to burn precious calories.
It’s especially important to leave baby animals alone, even if they appear to be abandoned. For example,
fawns have no scent and are born with speckled coats that provide a natural camouflage. These factors
help them avoid predators. When the mother doe senses a predator, she moves away from her young.
Many animals use similar survival techniques.
If you are concerned about an animal, don’t touch it, but make a report to the Colorado Division of
Wildlife at 303‐291‐7227 or call the Ranger office at 303‐904‐0249.
by KCRMA Open Space Ranger Gary Norton