MO Department of Conservation urges not to touch wild baby animals

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – There’s a strong push right now to protect baby animals as they start exploring the world this spring.

The Missouri Department of Conservation urges everyone to not touch those baby animal.
Naturalist Angela Pierce, says the animals are cute, but they are wild, and they need to be left alone.

“Petting animals can pose humans a risk, even young animals,” said Pierce. “We don’t want to get our scent on the baby animals because we don’t want to scare the parents away.”
Even if baby animals seem to be alone or deserted, most of the time parents are simply away hunting or gathering, according to the Department of Conservation.
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