FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is advising people to leave all young wildlife alone.
Gene Thorn says it's the time of year when the woods and fields of West Virginia are full of new life. Thorn is a wildlife biologist at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in French Creek.
While it is a great time to view and enjoy young wildlife, Thorn says it's important to avoid touching or disturbing them.
Thorn also says attempts to rescue or rehabilitate young wildlife are often counter-productive and picking up or getting too close to wildlife can be harmful to the animal or people involved.
And officials say that are often thought to have been abandoned, aren't.
State laws and regulations also prohibit the possession of wildlife without a permit.