DNR: “Leave Wild Animals Be,” After Man Takes Home Fox Kit

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding folks across south central Minnesota to leave wild animals alone.

This after a man briefly took a fox kit away from its den.The DNR’s Dan Ruiter says a conservation officer got a call noting that the young adult man had taken the young fox from near its den and brought it to his father’s farm in the New Ulm area. He then posted a picture of the animal on Facebook and someone who saw the photo contacted the DNR.

A conservation officer called the young man, who said he had already taken the animal back to where he found it.

Ruiter says people need to leave such young wild animals alone. He says by picking up or bringing such them home, there are multiple risks including the spreading of disease or that once back in the wild, it will be rejected by its family, abandoned and die.

The same goes for deer fawns, which are being born this time of year.

“Fawns do fine even if they look abandoned or fragile,” said Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader. “People can give them the best chance of survival by leaving them alone. We understand people often mean well when they move fawns. But one way or another, once fawns are moved these young animals usually end up dead.”

Most fawns are born in late May and mid-June, and fawns do not attempt to evade predators during their first few weeks of life. Instead they remain still to avoid being seen, and are camouflaged with white spots. During these times fawns are learning critical survival skills from their mothers. Bringing fawns into human environments separates them from their mothers.

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