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Federation of anglers and hunters asking people to respect nature

If you see young wild animals in the woods this spring, leave them where they are, says the federation of anglers and hunters.

If you see young wild animals in the woods this spring, leave them where they are, says the federation of anglers and hunters.

HALIFAX – Although spring has been slow coming this year, the woods of Nova Scotia are once again welcoming back outdoor hikers, anglers and campers with the promise of warmer weather and clear trails.

Spring is also a time of birth in our forests and most of nature’s creatures are preparing to have young by making nests or delivering their offspring after a winter pregnancy.

Too often during this same period many encounters are made between newborns and the backwoods travelers and in some cases that is a recipe for trouble for natures new ones.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters is asking all people who go into the woods of Nova Scotia this spring to please be respectful of nature and leave wild baby animals you find alone.

If you take your dogs into the woods obey the laws and have them on a leash. Dog encounters with young wildlife may have a negative outcome.

Many people are uneducated in the ways of wild animals and believe that deer fawns, for instance, found laying in tall grass or among young fir trees have been abandoned by their mothers. This is not the case. Doe often leave their fawns in a protected area while they feed or lead predators away from their fawns.

By picking that fawn up you may have set in motion a series of events that will be detrimental to that individual animal and perhaps the whole deer herd.

Please leave them alone. If after 24 hours you wish to check to see if its still there, go ahead, but it’s probably gone with its mother, said Tony Rodgers, executive director of the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

"It's important to all of us to care about nature but removing young from its natural habitat to be housed in a barn or garage for a week before deciding its too much to look after is a crime against nature.  

Call your local Department of Natural Resources office for advice before moving any deer or other animal away from its natural protection, urged Rodgers.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers, Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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