As Spring Begins, Texas Parks and Wildlife Reminds: ‘Do Not Touch Animals’

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The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife is asking people to please keep their hands to themselves.

As the weather warms up and outdoor activities increase, you might start to see more local critters wandering around. Spring is the time of year when wildlife becomes more active – in parks, along trails, and even in your own backyard.

In a press release, TPWD said animals like birds, snakes and deer are active at this time of year. These animals, especially when they are babies, often seem abandoned and people may feel inclined to help. But TPWD advises against this.

“Baby birds and deer fawns are most often picked up by well-meaning citizens,” TPWD said. “However, it is important to realize that many such human-animal encounters are unnecessary and may even be detrimental to the wildlife involved.”

Sometimes, if a human intervenes too soon, it could deter the baby’s parents from coming back. TPWD says you should watch the animal for a while before getting involved. If you believe the animal is seriously injured, TPWD advises you to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

One last note: you can help a wild turtle cross the road, but don’t bring it home to make it your new pet.

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