TPWD reminds public not to touch animals

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Posted 4/21/20

Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) reminded the public to avoid touching wild animals in their backyards, neighborhoods or surrounding areas as their presence grows even more prevalent during the quarantine.

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TPWD reminds public not to touch animals

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Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) reminded the public to avoid touching wild animals in their backyards, neighborhoods or surrounding areas as their presence grows even more prevalent during the quarantine.

“Species including birds, deer and snakes are active this time of year and their young often stray or appear to be abandoned,” said the April 14 press release. “But wildlife experts caution against lending a helping hand.”

TPWD noted that deer fawning season begins in early to mid-May. A newborn fawn’s mottled coat and mother’s care usually hides them from predators.

“As fawns mature, they shed these coats for a more adult color which causes them to catch the eye,” said the press release. “Well-meaning people sometimes pick up these fawns, thinking they have been abandoned by their mothers and need help. This is rarely the case.”

TPWD urges the public to leave all young animals alone barring obvious injury or orphan status and suggest observing the animal from a distance in order to make an accurate determination.

“Staying too close may deter the mother from returning, so be sure to practice your social distancing skills,” said the press release. “By interfering too soon, you may be doing more harm than good.”

The same practice should be applied to young birds who may have strayed away from their nests but are still unable to fly. If the bird’s eyes are open, has a coat of feathers and is hopping around, it is likely fine. Grounded fledging will typically be up and flying within a few days, according to the press release.

If it is determined that a wild animal is sick or injured call the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s wildlife information line, (512) 389-4505, during business hours for a referral to a licensed wildlife professional.

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