Indiana DNR: Keep wildlife wild this season

Baby eagle photo courtesy of the Indiana DNR

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is reminding Hoosiers to keep wildlife wild this spring by leaving them where they belong.

The DNR says that if you come across a baby animal alone, remember that:

  • Adult animals rarely abandon their young and may just be out of sight
  • Do not hover over an animal to see if a parent has come back to their young
  • Baby animals should not be handled

According to the DNR, rescuing young wildlife is legal but keeping them is not. You may rescue truly orphaned and/ or injured wild animals without a permit but the animals must be given to permitted wildlife rehabilitators within 24 hours.

Click here for a list of wildlife rehabilitators.

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