What to do if you find baby wild animals

Young animals may make their way across your path this time of year, but sometimes the best thing to do is leave them alone.

"The best place for wildlife is with their parents," Demlong said, noting that when you find an orphaned animal, to wait and see what happens before taking action.

Mike Demlong with Arizona Game and Fish Department says when you are in doubt whether to help an animal that appears to be orphaned, in most cases, you should try not to touch them or take them.

Often times, a homeowner will find a baby bird or other small animal in their yard and not want their pets or children to harm them.

Demlong says that in those situations, to try to keep your pets or kids inside and away from the animal. Parents will often come back for their young and don't always abandon them, even if they look abandoned.

It's best to wait and see whether the baby is found by its parents. If you're worried about a baby bird, try moving it to a higher location where it is safe.

Demlong says the department can offer advice in many cases on what to do with a young animal, or in rare cases, offer you a place to take them to be rehabilitated.

Sometimes, though, if an animal is too exposed to human contact and becomes dependent, it will never be able to be released into the wild again.

Arizona Game and Fish Department is reportedly already busy with babies after recently getting baby owls, a baby bobcat rescued from inside a resort wall , coyote pups and raccoons.

To contact Arizona Game and Fish or a wildlife rehabilitation center for information or advice, click here .

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