FWP Reminding the Public Not to Handle Wildlife

By Beacon Staff

As spring turns to summer, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks receives a large number of calls regarding deer fawns and other young wildlife.

FWP is urging the public not to pick up deer fawns, even if they appear sick or in need of help. Often, the adult deer is close by, or will be returning to its fawn soon. Left alone, a fawn might have a chance in the wild; but once it is picked up and picks up human scent, it is more likely to be abandoned, according to state wildlife officials.

Wildlife officials also ask the public not to bring fawns into the local FWP office. Due to the possibility of chronic wasting disease, FWP is not allowed to accept deer. If a fawn is brought to an FWP office and cannot be returned to its original location, it will be euthanized.

Finally, residents are reminded that it’s illegal to possess and care for live animals taken from the wild.

It is also important to remember to keep control of your dog. Keeping dogs under control can prevent unnecessary attacks on deer, especially on vulnerable young. Dog owners can be issued a citation for allowing dogs to harass, chase, or kill wildlife.

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