Leave the baby animals alone

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has offered important advice to Iowans: leave the baby animals alone.

Iowa’s wildlife baby season has started. Every year at this time the Iowa DNR receives phone calls about “abandoned” baby animals.

In reality, most of these animals have not been abandoned. With many species, the parents will leave the nest before the offspring can take care of themselves, but they will still care for the young animals and feed them during this time.

However, when humans interact with the baby animals in a misguided attempt to help them, the parents will stop caring for their young. When this occurs, the animals face an increased risk of early death.

For more information, read the Iowa DNR’s full article here.

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