Area wildlife agencies are busy fielding calls from people who think they’ve found orphaned wildlife ranging from robin chicks to bear cubs.
“Wildlife parents are very devoted to the care of their young and rarely abandon them,” said Phil Cooper, Idaho Fish and Game Department spokesman in Coeur d’Alene. Although the death of a parent can result in orphaned wildlife, Cooper warns that careful evaluation is required before taking a young wild creature into captivity.
Possession of most species of wildlife taken from the wild is illegal in Idaho and Washington, wildlife officials say.
“Never assume abandonment has occurred,” Cooper said. “Standing watch over a deer fawn, elk calf or duckling tends to keep the parents away, even though they may be nearby.”
In addition to calls from people concerning young abandoned young wildlife, Idaho Fish and Game officials also received 15 phone calls regarding “problem bears” in Kootenai and Bonner counties last week.
“In separate incidents at Rose Lake and Bonner County, sows with cubs chased some folks into their houses,” Cooper said. , DataTimes