This is the time of year in Colorado that wild animals are giving birth. It’s important to remember that if you encounter a young animal in the wild to not approach, touch or handle it. People often see young animals that appear to be alone in the forest, in backyards, near trails or along the side of roads. While they may appear to be abandoned, it is quite normal for parents to leave young animals alone to allow the parent to feed or to hide them from predators. If you do come upon a young animal in the wild, the Colorado Parks and wildlife encourages you to admire its beauty from a distance, and then move on quietly. In addition to potential harm to the animal, there can be risks associated with handling wildlife, including the transmission of rabies, distemper or other animal illnesses which can be spread to humans or pets.