Wildlife officials remind public that young wildlife rescues often do more harm than good

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As young animals are born this spring, biologists remind the public that they should resist the urge to “rescue” young wildlife, as that often does more harm than good. “Young wildlife belongs in the wild, and even the most well-intentioned attempt to care for them often results in an unwanted outcome,” the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation said in a press release.

Young wildlife removed from the wild are denied important natural learning experiences that help them survive, the release said. Even if these animals are eventually returned to the wild, their chances of survival are reduced. It is also illegal to take young wildlife from the wild or keep them as pets. 

Dreaming of a better place to face coronavirus isolation? This hiker found himself on a deserted Scottish island

Christian Lewis, a long-distance hiker from South Wales, set off nearly three years ago on a quest to hike 8,700 miles of the British coastline. He gave up his home and has no money to speak of—a scenario that worked just fine for him until the coronavirus stopped him in his tracks. 

Lewis could have been in trouble, stranded on the Shetland islands with just a flimsy tent, but thanks to the kindness of strangers, Lewis found himself holed up in a tiny cottage on an island he has all to himself. A local fisherman brings Lewis water and he forages for his food. “It is just super. I couldn’t be in a better place for a lockdown,” Lewis told CNN.

Weston announces ‘Slay at Home’ speaker series

Snowboard, splitboard and ski brand Weston has launched an online speaker series for splitboarders who are isolated at home but want to continue to build their skillsets. Every Friday night at 6pm MST, Weston will discuss topics such as the best ways to prepare for upcoming splitboarding seasons during their “Slay at Home” speaker series.

The speaker series is open to the public. Anyone interested can tune in on Facebook Live or join the conversation on Zoom.

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