DNR Officials Say Keep Wildlife Wild

Apr 17, 2017

The Northwoods is greening up and young wildlife is beginning to emerge making spring an opportune time to observe young critters, but the group dedicated to preventing orphaned and injured wildlife, Keep Wildlife Wild, is reminding nature enthusiasts to watch from a distance. Dianne Robinson is the committee chair and a DNR wildlife biologist and says never assume an animal is orphaned…

“…you might find a rabbit’s nest, so you’ve got a bunch of young rabbit kits in that nest and mom isn’t nearby so people will be concerned. Actually, rabbit mothers only visit a rabbit nest in the morning and in the evening. During the day they leave the nest alone. Rabbit kits are able to survive with only getting fed a couple times a day and that’s to make sure mom isn’t visiting that area often and isn’t potentially drawing predators. So it’s a benefit for mom to not be visiting that nest.”

Robinson suggests watching animals through binoculars during the day. She lists ways to prevent wildlife from becoming orphaned or injured…

 “…Making sure that you seal off underneath buildings, sheds, under decks…things like that so wild animals can’t get under there and make a den. Those are going to be the most effective ways to make sure those animals stay safe during the time they’re having young…”

Robinson says if an animal is injured, sick or has been crying out for more than a couple hours to call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. More information is available on the DNR’s website