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Nature Care Leave young wildlife alone


With abundant wildlife, it’s not uncommon for people to cross paths with a wild animal in West Virginia, especially during the spring and summer months. While the sight of wildlife can certainly be exciting, the WVDNR wants to remind people that picking up, touching or even getting close to wildlife can harm the animal.

“When you touch or approach young animals, you leave behind scent that predators may key in on, which brings risk to that young animal,” said Vinnie Johnson, a wildlife biologist for the WVDNR. “Watching these young animals can be an enjoyable pastime, but WVDNR recommends this be done from a distance with the use of binoculars.”

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