'A good intention often ends in tragedy' - Leave baby animals be

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Springtime is full of new life; flowers blooming, trees budding and baby animals dropping. And according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, mid-May is peak calving season.

Moose calves strike a little pose alongside Lupine-Near Nikiski-Annie Waldrop 7-8-18

Because animals are an everyday part life for an Alaskan, it's important to know how to properly coexist with them.

Oftentimes, young animals who appear orphaned are not. Animal mother frequently leave their babies alone and hidden in the underbrush; a strategy to protect the young from predators while parents are foraging. If mom returns and the baby is gone, she may eventually leave the area, making a family reunion more difficult.

It is important to never touch a baby animal unless they are is dire need. Alaska Fish and Game says you should always assess the situation before assuming the baby is abandoned-- some indicators that you should reach out for help include; blood, malnutrition, wandering for long periods of time or if a dead parent is nearby.

Earlier today Channel 2's Mike Ross met with Dave Battle with the Alaska division of fish and game to talk about when and why human intervention is needed in these situations. It may be hard, but leaving a baby alone often gives it the best chance of growing up to have babies of its own.

You can watch Battle's full interview above.

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