An employee at Illinois Valley Community College reported two fawns born recently near the parking lots at the college, and this newborn was in sight last week.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently issued a reminder, “Don’t bother wildlife babies: Spring brings new life to the landscape in Illinois, and it is a season when people may come in contact with young wildlife.

Young animals often are left alone while their parents are away searching for food. Do not touch or move young animals unless you are absolutely sure that it is an orphan or severely injured. Many species return to their young near dusk and dawn.

A young animal that looks well-fed and clean is probably not orphaned. If the animal does need help, contact a wildlife rehabilitator for advice,” the DNR admonished. For more information, and contacts such as wildlife rehabilitators, visit https://www.wildlifeillinois.org/

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