Leave young wildlife alone
With the official start of summer newborn wildlife is abundant in Mississippi from hatching birds and newborn squirrels, to white-tailed deer fawns. Many Mississippians will come across some type of newborn wildlife this summer that appears to be abandoned. Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks reminds people to leave young wildlife alone. Mississippi law prohibits the capture, possession, or caging of any wild animal, including white-tailed deer fawns, squirrels, and birds.
In cases such as young birds or squirrels being blown out of nests during summer storms, often adult animals will find young and continue to care for them. For white-tailed deer fawns, the doe takes great care to purposefully hide the fawn during its first few weeks of life. As a natural defense, the fawn lays still in a fashion that makes people think it is sick or injured. At a few weeks of age, the fawn will be on its feet able to follow its mother and can outrun most predators.
Sign up for auto-renewal of hunting, fishing licenses
Take your first step to always having a valid hunting or fishing license by signing up for our auto-renew program. Once you enroll in auto renew, all of your eligible licenses will automatically and securely renew before they expire the following year. No more time spent waiting in line at the store or worrying about your expiration date. Update your settings at any time at www.mdwfp.com.
Private Lands Program assistance
As a landowner or leaseholder, you play a critical role in the future of Mississippi's wildlife resources. The Private Lands Program can help you meet your wildlife management goals and potentially save time and money. MDWFP qualified wildlife biologists offer free on-site evaluations and recommendations for a variety of wildlife management needs.
--Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks