Wisconsin wildlife officials are warning people to leave any young animals they encounter alone.
Department of Natural Resources biologists say many animals give birth in the spring. They say people may spot baby animals that look as if they're alone and vulnerable in the woods but their mothers are likely nearby and watching over them.
State and federal law prohibit the possession of live wild animals without a license or permit. People can legally possess a wild animal for up to 24 hours to transport it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. But the DNR says if people find an animal that truly appears as if it needs help they should call the agency and leave the creature alone.