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More people and animal encounters are showing up in the news. Recent headlines include a Rio Linda family who kept a fawn for more than 2-years after its mother was hit by a car and killed. A North San Juan man was received a fine and put on court probation after he shot a bear and found the sow had 2 cubs that he later tried to giveaway at a local gas station. Fish and Wildlife Warden Mark Michilizzi says these are wild animals and they need to stay wild. In the case of the Deer in Rio Linda Warden Michilizzi says the animal was released back into the wild with no charges against the family involved, but a wild animal living with people as a pet is not good for the animal.
In the case of the man with the bear cubs in North San Juan, the man had left large amounts of dog food out in yard and shot a mother bear when she came to eat the food. In this case the man was charged with taking the bear out of season.
Warden Michilizzi encourages you to be safe while hiking and camping this spring and summer and keep wild animals wild.