JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 Wildlife managers are reminding the public to please not interfere with wildlife, especially this time of year. In the next several weeks, wildlife throughout Wyoming will be bearing young. It is an incredible time of year and is a chance to see newborn elk calves, deer and pronghorn fawns as well as many others. At the same time,\u00a0the Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges people who come across young animals to leave newborn wildlife alone and keep a distance. \u201cGetting a chance to view newborn is one of the best parts of spring in the West. But please view animals from a distance and do not touch. Spring is an important time in a newborn\u2019s life, and interference from humans can put their life at risk,\u201d said Grant Frost, Wyoming Game and Fish biologist. Most mammals hide their young and return periodically to nurse. People finding young animals with no adult apparent in the vicinity often assume the newborns have been abandoned, but this is almost never the case. The mother knows where her young are, and will almost certainly return to care for them. Young birds sometimes fall out of or leave their nests before they are able to fly. The parents continue to care for the young bird while it is on the ground, bringing food and trying to protect the youngster while it is in this vulnerable situation. Getting too close to newborn wildlife can also be very dangerous. A mother bear, bison, moose or even deer will display very aggressive behavior when humans get close to their young. Leave the area immediately if you encounter aggressive wildlife with young. \u201cThe best option for people who come across newborn wildlife is to respectfully leave them alone,\u201d said Frost. State and federal laws forbid possession of game and many nongame animals, so adopting newborn wildlife is illegal. Citations can be issued for possession of newborn wildlife with a possible penalty of up to a $1,000 fine. If children bring home a wild \u201corphan,\u201d immediately return it to the exact spot it was found. In the rare instance when a fawn or other newborn is found and the mother is known to be dead, contact the nearest\u00a0game warden,\u00a0biologist\u00a0or\u00a0Game and Fish Regional Office; do not attempt to capture these animals yourself.