It might not look like spring outside, but that isn't stopping wildlife in the area from birthing their next generation.

Last year, a black bear wandered into the area. Kelly Wilson, a Fish and Wildlife Officer, said the incident was a rare occurrence and that there are bigger issues to worry about this spring

"At this time of year, I would be more leery around a moose with a calf than I would be a bear, quite honestly."

He explained that animals have the same fight or flight stress response that we do. If an animal feels afraid, it must be given an opportunity to escape.

"If a moose wanders into town and gets into your backyard, you don't want to get out there and yell at it," Wilson said. "Because, if [the moose] feels like it's corners and it feels like it can't get away, the only other option is to come at you."

Another Fish and Wildlife tip: baby animals are cute, but don't approach them!

"If you see a deer all by itself, a little fawn all cuddled up, it doesn't mean it's abandoned or it's an orphan," stated Wilson. "Deer will leave their fawns for two or three hours and go get something to eat, drink, have a sleep and then come back and move them. A lot of times, they don't want to be near the fawn because it attracts predators."

He continued, explaining that because of CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) concerns in the area, once you touch a fawn it can't be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the wild. If you have concerns about a potentially abandoned or orphaned animal, contact Fish and Wildlife at 403 823-1670.

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