"The initial reaction when seeing these small animals alone is to try to help them," said Ernst. "But if we step in, we could do more harm than good. While we think the animal has been left behind, the mother may actually be keeping a very watchful eye from a distance. We need to remember to let nature take its course."
In cases where a small animal or bird appears to be injured or in need of assistance, certified wildlife rehabilitators should be contacted. Wildlife rehabilitators have the training and skills necessary to care for most young animals. They can be reached by contacting LDWF.