Authorities say as the weather improves and we spend more time outside, many people do not know what to do if they encounter an animal.
So the Chemung River Friends and the Chemung Valley History Museum held a forum to educate the public about how to deal with both domestic and wild animals — whether they’re healthy or injured.
They say the best thing to do is start by using common sense — and leave handling animals to the professionals.
“Call somebody, stay away from it, don’t touch it,” said Jack Sincock with Nuisance Wildlife Control.
“All the babies are being born right now — skunks, woodchucks, foxes, coyotes, you name it they all have babies. Leave them alone.”
Sincock also adds that we cause some of our own problems at home, as wild animals — especially bears– enjoy bird feeders and getting into our trash.
When in doubt, experts say enjoy animals from a distance and know that we are visitors in their environment.