The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment says they’re concerned about people who try to help abandoned wildlife, like goslings and fawns.
The Ministry made the comments in a press release on Monday, after fielding calls from residents concerned about the fate of the young animals.
“While it may appear that a young animal has been abandoned, it is more likely that the parent is out searching for food, or that people have temporarily frightened the parent away,” read the release. “Unless the parent is found dead near the young animal, the adult typically returns as soon as people leave.”
In any case, the ministry says rescuing wild animals usually does more harm than good. Animals raised by humans lack the necessary survival skills required to find food and avoid predators. Instead, people who are concerned about a young animal should contact their local conservation officer.
The release says that residents can face penalties for keeping animals taken from the wild.