NH Officials: Leave Young Wild Animals Alone

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/04 2014 03:00PM

Updated 04/04 2014 03:02PM

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire officials are asking people to leave young wild animals alone. 

A press release says Fish and Game officials and local wildlife rehabilitators from people who have picked up young animals, often mistakenly thinking they are orphans. 

"People think they're doing a good deed, but they are often removing the animal from the care of its parents and potentially exposing themselves to the risk of disease," N.H. Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Dan Bergeron said. "In particular, your actions may result in the animal having to be euthanized for rabies testing." 

Officials say animals have the best chance of surviving when they are in their own natural environment.

It is illegal to have in your possession or take New Hampshire wildlife from the wild and keep it in captivity. Only qualified people with special rehabilitator permits, issued through N.H. Fish and Game, may take in and care for injured or orphaned wildlife.

Anyone who is concerned about a wild animal can report the location of the animal to N.H. Fish and Game by emailing wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov or calling 603-271-2461.

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