Tag Archives: If you care leave them there

Yes, the critters are cute. But leave them alone

Maine game warden Kristopher MacCabe feeds Pedialyte to a baby deer at his western Maine home on June 4, 2012. The deer had been presumed abandoned by a local resident and delivered to the MacCabes. It later died. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife urges people to leave wildlife alone; many times, baby animals are left on their own by their mother for hours at a time, but return after foraging. Photo courtesy of Emily MacCabe.

It’s hard to resist a cute baby animal. And when hikers or homeowners see those fuzzy little critters — apparently alone, and obviously in need of human help — they often do the worst thing possible. They intervene. Maine game warden Kris MacCabe has some first-hand knowledge on the matter. Back in 2012, I shared […]

Deer photos overshadow a harsh wildlife reality: Leave animals alone

Before I bash you over the head with the admittedly heavy-handed message of this column, I’ll give you a few moments to enjoy the beautiful photos that accompany it. Everyone loves a good critter photo, after all. And when the critter in question is a beautiful baby deer, all the better. In the photos, you’ll […]