Michele Spring Reporting:

(Monday, May 14, 2018) – Spring has arrived and with that, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources would like to remind residents to leave wildlife in the wild.

ODNR Information Specialist Matt Eiselstein says the biggest issue they have is whitetail deer.

“If you come across a deer or a fawn, the best option is to leave that in the wild. The doe is not going to be far away from a fawn at any time. So if you do find a fawn, the mother is really close by and is taking good care of that fawn.”

State and federal laws protect and regulate wildlife in Ohio, and only trained and licensed wildlife professionals may possess and care for wild animals.

Eiselestien also reminds residents to check for nests before cutting down trees or clearing brush.

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