Spring Reminder About Baby AnimalsPosted on May 11, 2016
Getting to see wildlife can be one of the most enjoyable parts of living in a semi-rural/suburban area like Montgomery. If you encounter a baby animal, 98% of the time the best thing you can possibly do is to leave it alone. Typically, the mother is not far away and will return after you leave. Deer, for example, often ‘hide’ their ‘camoflaged’ newborns from predators right in the open, while the mother goes off to graze nearby and returns later. If you approach a baby deer, fox, raccoon, opossum, etc., it may run to where the mother will not find it or towards a dangerous road or in fear, may even act aggressively towards you.
If you find an injured animal or one that appears ill or is acting aggressively or oddly, it is safest to leave it alone and call the Animal Control message line at (908) 359-4308 or Police dispatch at (908) 359-3222, if it is an emergency. They will be able to assess the situation best and follow-up appropriately.
To learn more about living alongside New Jersey’s wildlife, click on Common Wildlife Problems, a FAQ with advice from Rutgers Agricultural Extension Service’s Wildlife Conservation and Management Program.