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5 Do’s & Don’ts for Baby Wildlife

A fawn found on South Whidbey Island in May 2018.

Spring blooms with new wildlife on the islands. While it’s exciting to see babies, it also brings great responsibility. So here are “5 Do’s and “Don’ts” to help young wildlife have a long and healthy life.

1. Do keep an extra eye on your pets during this season.

Baby birds learning to fly are easy prey for cats, seal pups on the beach are a fun toy for dogs, and who doesn’t want to chase a baby bunny?  So, to give our native wildlife its best shot, please secure your pet!

2. Don’t assume if a baby animal is alone that it needs your help.

Fawns, seal pups, bunnies, opossums, and various birds all may appear “orphaned.”  They are not. Mom is watching from a hidden location or out foraging for food. Leave her young where she can find them.

3. Do put baby birds back in their nests.

Baby birds, and baby birds alone, will appreciate a hand back up and into their nests. Sometimes its an accident and other times a sibling wanted more of the food. Don’t feed wildlife – please!

4. Don’t feed the wildlife.

Feeding wildlife habituates animals and teaches them to become dependent on humans. Even worse, most mammals will abandon their young if they have human scent on them.

5. Do support local organizations that protect wildlife.

From the Land Trust that protects the habitat for wildlife to the rehabilitators that give abandoned or injured wildlife a second chance, we need your support!