Game and Fish Reminds You to not approach or capture injured or abandoned wildlife

Written by on June 17, 2019

As the summer continues and more opportunities to explore the outdoors arise–some will encounter injured wildlife.
While it is natural to want to help wildlife that appears to be hurt or abandoned–Wyoming Game and Fish officials remind the public to not approach or try to capture the animal. The best course of action is to call the Game and Fish at 1-877-WGFD-TIP–the line is open 24 hours a day and the dispatcher will alert an area game warden. The game warden may contact you to gain further information.
Often when young wildlife appear to be abandoned, it is actually not the case. Adult birds, cottontails, deer, pronghorn and other species often hide their young from predators by leaving them alone for much of the day. In the spring and summer it is common for young wildlife to be found in unexpected places such as backyards, along roadsides and in alley ways.
Wyoming Game and Fish reminds concerned parties that even if they think capturing an injured animal is the best course of action–which it is not–it is illegal to possess most wildlife species without proper permitting.

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