COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are once again urging people to leave baby animals in the wild alone. That’s because even though they may look abandoned, chances are the baby’s mom is coming back for them.

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“We see a lot of times that people pick up these new babies that are the newborns and bring them into us. We want the message out there that we should be leaving our young wildlife alone,” said Jason Clay, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

A baby raccoon was found in a basket in a shopping center parking lot in Colorado Springs. That means the baby is an orphan and will have to be taken to a rehab center.

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

“A lot of people mean good by it, they just don’t understand the consequences that come with it or how nature sometimes works,” said Clay.

Concerned citizens are welcome to call the CPW Denver Headquarters at 303-297-1192​, ​or any CPW office, if they suspect an animal is injured or abandoned, or to report incidents of feeding or other illegal wildlife activity.

LINK: Spring Wildlife Advice


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