Illinois Urges Residents to Avoid “Rescuing” Wildlife: What You Need to Know

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Springfield, IL – As spring progresses, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reminds residents to leave young wildlife undisturbed. Well-meaning individuals often mistake young animals as abandoned, but these animals are typically left alone by their mothers, who are foraging or teaching them survival skills.

According to the Illinois Conservation Foundation, many animals “rescued” by people are not truly orphans. It’s vital to remember that taking wildlife into captivity without proper permits is unlawful. Residents are advised to observe from a distance and contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator if an animal appears injured or in distress for an extended period.

For more guidance on handling encounters with young wildlife, visit the IDNR website.

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