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Experts explain best ways to help wildlife

Cpl. Robbie Griner, DNR Law Enforcement Division Cpl. Robbie Griner, DNR Law Enforcement Division
Ben Kirkland, Chehaw Natural Resource Manager Ben Kirkland, Chehaw Natural Resource Manager
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Wildlife experts tonight helped folks understand the best ways to help wildlife.
    

Chehaw hosted a lecture with the Park's Natural Resource Manager and a D-N-R law enforcement official.
They say people often see baby animals this time of year and assume they're abandoned or orphaned.
But the experts say their mothers are usually nearby.
They also remind you it's illegal to possess wild animals and say injured wildlife should only be taken care of by licensed wildlife rehabilitators.
 

"You can be charged, you can be summoned and you could possibly have to go to court and pay a fine,” said Cpl. Robbie Griner, DNR Law Enforcement division.


"There are some serious medical concerns,” said Ben Kirkland, Chehaw Natural Resource Manager. “Rabies is a local disease that you need to be aware of. Distemper and things like that."

If you see an animal that you believe has been injured or abandoned you can call the DNR Ranger Hotline at 1-800-241-4113.The Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association by clicking here or licensed rehabbers.

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