It’s late spring in Texas — a magical window in time when all sorts of wild critters perpetuate their species by giving birth to little ones.

Sadly, it’s also the season when wildlife biologists, game wardens and wildlife rehabilitators statewide see an uptick in phone calls about young animals believed to be in distress. All too often the calls originate from well-meaning individuals who stumble across deer fawns, fledgling birds and other newborns in the outdoors and remove them from their natural environment thinking they have been abandoned by their mothers. In most instances, that’s not the case at all.

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by email,

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