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A trio of deer up the East Fork (KLYQ Photo)

Young wildlife in Montana like to explore and sometimes get separated from the adults….just like humans. But unlike humans, the adult animals often let the young wander on their own for long periods of time.
If you come across a lonely little critter in the woods, just leave it alone, even if it looks sick or injured. You can report the incident to Fish Wildlife and Parks or Forest Service personnel, but don’t pick it up.
If a young animal is picked up by a human, often the adults will abandon it because of the human scent. The Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks has a simple motto: “If you care, leave them there.”
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a threat to wild deer and elk and the Fish Wildlife and Parks personnel do not accept deer and elk brought in from the wild. The animal must be returned to the site where it was found. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that has spread throughout the US and Canada.
Officials also remind dog owners to keep their pets on a leash or close to their side this spring and summer to avoid chasing young wildlife.

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