New Mexico Game and Fish officials are reminding New Mexicans that wild babies don't need to be rescued, even in the wake of drought and wildfires.
Officials say that while deer fawns, elk calves, bear cubs, baby birds or others may appear to be lost, injured or abandoned, their mothers are usually close, having just hidden the youngsters while they forage or drink.
Game and fish officials say the department receives calls from people who find young wild animals and take them home or to an animal clinic believing they are helping. But they say that is actually the worst thing they can do as young wildlife rarely survives when removed from its natural habitat, and close encounters with humans and their pets can be fatal.
If animals appear to be injured or a safety threat, people should call the Department of Game and Fish.
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