Wildlife Commission Urges Public to Leave Young Animals Alone

Author: Gayle Myers/Thursday, April 8, 2010/Categories: Enjoying, Home, Learning, News

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2010) – Pups, cubs, chicks and kits are a welcome sign of spring in North Carolina – and it may be tempting to pick them up or feed them, especially when they nest close to our homes. But tampering with wildlife – even young wildlife -- jeopardizes innocent people and harms the ecosystem.

“Wild animals are not pets, and they are not meant to be raised and fed by humans,” said David Cobb, chief of the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “Wild animals never totally lose their wild instincts, even if the animal seems tame. Those instincts can show up anytime and the results can be harmful to people and the animal.”

Capturing and handling a young animal can stress it, sometimes fatally. In addition, young animals that look abandoned often are not. Many species do not stay with their young and only return to feed them. The parent may return and become aggressive in an attempt to defend its young. And, as a young animal grows, it, too, can become aggressive.

Feeding animals may seem harmless or even helpful. However, it causes the animal to lose its natural fear or humans and seek more human food. An animal may become aggressive or cause property damage in the search for more human food.

Wildlife can transmit diseases, including rabies and roundworm, to humans. Also, it is illegal to keep wildlife in North Carolina without a permit.

For more information on coexisting with wildlife, including young animals, visit the coexisting with wildlife page at www.ncwildlife.org.

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About N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state's fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

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