The Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa. DNR field offices across the state are inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries of “orphaned wildlife.” While most people think they are rescuing what they in fact are doing is dooming them. Litters may become scattered but they still remain under direct care and feeding from their parent. Be it a fawn, baby cottontails or raccoons, when they are discovered it is often assumed that they have been abandoned. Many young die soon after capture from the stress of being handled, talked to and placed into the unfamiliar surroundings. All species have highly specific needs for survival. This is also illegal to do. The DNR urges you to take a picture and then keep moving. Leave wildlife in the wild where they belong.