The human desire to help baby, orphaned or injured wildlife is an admirable trait. However, "helping" or "rescuing" wildlife can often have unintended consequences for the animal, including death. In most cases, the best thing a person can do for a wild animal is to leave it alone.
Deer Fawns and Elk Calves
Fawns and calves are often hidden in vegetation and left alone by their mothers for several hours.
If a fawn or calf attempt to follow you, gently push on its shoulders until it lies down.
Never try to capture a fawn or calf, even if it appears to be sick or injured. Instead, record its location and contact the nearest department office.
Once removed from the wild, elk calves and deer fawns are rarely able to be returned to the wild. Limited space at appropriate facilities and disease concerns make it very difficult to find homes for hand-raised deer and elk orphans.
The parents will usually continue to care for the baby, if people and pets stay away.
Fallen Nests with Eggs or Nestlings
The parents may be wary of the new location or nest, and might take a few hours before they approach. If the parents do not return after a few hours, contact the nearest department office or visit www.azgfd.gov/rehab for a list of licensed rehabilitators.
Some birds, such as quail, ducks and geese, nest on the ground in Arizona.
For more information on urban wildlife, please see the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Living with Wildlife webpages at www.azgfd.gov/urbanwildlife or call your regional department office at: