"Rabies, roundworms and other parasites such as lice and ticks can be transmitted to humans through the improper handling of wildlife," he said.
The fawns themselves can be harmed by the well-meaning folks who "rescue" them.
All too often, people attempt to feed the foundlings, usually with canned milk. The fawn gets its belly filled, but only for a short while before severe diarrhea sets in.
Bill Vanscoy, the Wildlife Center's retired former superintendent, used to gripe that he all too often was forced to try to rehabilitate fawns that had been given "the screaming scours" by people who fed them evaporated milk.
The bottom line, said Thorn, is that humans don't make good substitute parents for fawns and other young animals. Not only are they incapable of feeding their charges the right food, they can't pass along to them the same survival skills a real parent can.
Division of Natural Resources officials have a final, rather compelling reason to leave wildlife alone: Attempting to take animals from the wild during a closed season is against the law. If caught and convicted, violators could end up paying fines of $20 to $1,000 and could be sentenced up to 100 days in jail.
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