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Orphaned Wildlife

Orphaned Wildlife - DeerIf you come into contact with young wildlife, do not immediately assume that the animals are orphaned. The parents of these young animals are likely searching for food. Many young animals instinctively remain in one location, while adults forage for food. Parents will likely to return to their young at dawn or dusk.

If you are concerned about an animal, watch it from a distance to determine if it is really orphaned. If you have any questions or concerns about wildlife, contact the Ohio Department of Wildlife at (937) 372-5639 ext. 5211. 


Information on this page adapted from University of Illinois Extension, September 23, 2010, web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife