Best to Leave Wildlife Alone

Spring is the time of year where a new generation of critters is entering the world. It's also a time when people find

nests of baby animals. Rabbits are the most common. The best rule of thumb is to just let them be. Mothers rabbits don't want to draw attention to their babies so they only visit the nest when absolutely necessary, typically in the early morning and evening.  If you've discovered a nest that's been disturbed, take a peek at the babies. Unless the animals are visibly injured (bleeding or non-functioning limbs, for example) or obviously suffering, it's best not to touch or move them. Cover the nest and leave the babies alone. If it is in a mowing spot in your yard, mark the area so you can avoid it.

Don't panic if you or your child touches baby animals. It's a myth that a mother will reject their babies if they have a human scent on them. Just cover the nest and don't touch the babies again; handling the little ones can cause injury and stress.

For more species-specific tips on what to do if you find baby wildlife click here.