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Green Visions: back away from the fawn and no one will get hurt

©Douglas County Humane Society

A baby bison in Yellowstone was euthanized this week after a visitor to the park thought it had become separated from its mother and put the calf in his car.

Last year, a similar tragedy was narrowly averted when people found newborn twin fawns.  They called Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation for advice, but when they were told to leave the fawns alone  they ignored the advice and packed up the newborns and hauled them to the Douglas County Humane Society instead.  Douglas County checked over the fawns, had the people show them where the fawns had been taken from and returned them so their mother could care for them - which she did.

So how do we know what to do ... when our best intentions with regard to baby wildlife so often lead us astray?  Simple: call Wildwoods first or check out this page of their website.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.