It’s a spring thing. People find baby animals all alone and panic thinking that mom has abandoned them. Nine times out of ten mom is just out foraging for food and will be back later for her babe.
So, ask any conservation agent and they will tell you, rehabbers will tell you, veterinarians will tell you, “Leave the baby alone. Mom will be back.”
But but what about that one time out of ten? Could you find a defenseless fawn and walk away to leave it behind to let nature take its course, whatever that may be? Is it abandoned? Is mom coming back? How do you know?
Mountain View Wildlife Rehabilitation in Hazard, Kentucky has some of the best advise I’ve seen and I grabbed it from Facebook for those of you who don’t use the platform anymore. (If you do use Facebook, stop by their page and thank them for the good advise.)
It’s always good to be aware of wildlife resources in your area, especially during birthing seasons. For more information, check with your state’s Department of Agriculture. The US Forest Service is a great reference as well.
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