Spring 2017

Baby animals are better off
when left alone
By Mike Demick, Conservation Information Supervisor to place the animals in zoos, but most zoos now refuse to take the animals
Idaho Department of Fish and Game because of crowding and potential disease concerns.
“The reality is that the youngster’s fate is usually sealed – in a bad way -
Spring is baby season for all things wild. when it is ‘rescued’ from the wild,’ Hickey says.
Being the peak time for wildlife to have their young, the Idaho Fish and If you find a baby bird, duckling, squirrel or other critter, the best
Game offers this simple suggestion to those well-intentioned people that approach is to leave it undisturbed. Only move the animal if it is in
discover baby animals that appear to be abandoned - leave them alone. harm’s way, like found wandering in the road for example. Placing baby
Each spring a myriad of baby birds, ducklings, goslings, squirrels, fawn birds in a shrub or on a tree branch will help them avoid house cats. Don’t
mule deer, calf elk, baby raccoons, and baby rabbits are taken from the fret about getting your scent on a baby bird. The myth that birds will
outdoors and brought to Fish and Game. The unfortunate part of these abandon their offspring once humans have handled them is just that: a
well-intended “rescues” is that in most cases, the animal was not lost, myth. Most birds lack a sense of smell. Note the location carefully and
abandoned, or orphaned. contact the nearest Fish and Game office who will able to advise you on
the best action to take.
“Just because the mother is not present, doesn’t mean the youngster isn’t
being properly cared for,” cautions Clay Hickey, Fish and Game wildlife Bats are also currently migrating back from their wintering grounds
manager based in Lewiston. “If you encounter young wildlife that seems and as they move through, they often roost in places that might seem
abandoned, it’s best to leave it alone.” odd, like low on the side of buildings, tree trunks, and even in people’s
gardens. If a bat is hanging upside down in its normal position, and not
Many wild animal mothers often leave their offspring alone for extended
on the ground, leave the bat alone and make sure that pets and children
periods of time to feed, rest or to find food for their young. As baby birds
do not disturb the bat. Do not touch the bat. If you find a grounded or
mature, they often leave the nest in their efforts to hone their flying
injured bat, contact your nearest Fish and Game office.
skills. Adult birds continue to feed their offspring until such time that
the young birds can survive on their own. The survivors either smarten In addition, do not plan to raise wild animals on your own. Young wild
up fast or quickly fade from the scene. While this seems unfortunate or animals require special care and feeding that is beyond what the average
cruel, this is a normal occurrence in nature. household is prepared
to manage. Additionally,
Mammals such as deer, elk, and pronghorn routinely leave their young
possession of most species of
ones in a secure location, moving off to feed and returning later -
wildlife taken from the wild
sometimes several hours later - to quickly feed their young and leave
is illegal in Idaho.
again. For the first few weeks these offspring have a survival strategy of
remaining camouflaged, motionless, and scent-free to avoid predators. In the spring when wildlife
This allows the lactating mom to forage away from their young for much reproduction is at its peak,
of the day. you may have the good
fortune to observe a nest
“Resisting the urge to pick up that deer fawn may seem cruel, but it’s the
of birds or a litter of young
right thing to do,”
mammals with no adult in
“Resisting the urge to pick up that deer fawn may seem cruel, but it’s the sight. Enjoy the sight but if
right thing to do,” Hickey added. “The mother is probably nearby just nothing is obviously amiss, it
waiting for you to leave.” is best to leave young wildlife
Many times when well-meaning people take young wildlife from the alone.
wild, their chances of survival are not improved, but lessened. Most do
not survive well in
captivity and many
lack survival skills
to allow release
back to the wild.
Fish and Game has
two alternatives
when dealing
with animals
removed from
the wild. Wildlife
rehabilitators can
attempt to raise
the animal and
return it back in
the wild, but this
option sometimes
fails because the
majority of young
animals brought
in are often in
poor condition
and providing
the proper
nutrition is a huge
challenge. The
animals that do
make it generally
have no survival
skills and have
often unnaturally
formed bonds with
humans. Fish and
Game can attempt
2 — MONEYSAVER Outdoors — Spring, 2017

Top Ten Reasons to Go Boating:
Recreational Boating Activities
Adventure to clean; something to paint, varnish, or polish, or a broken line (boaters
Boating has always been an adventure: from the first mariners that set don’t call them “ropes” see Education, below) to splice or replace.
sail to discover new worlds to the commercial fishermen and merchant Perhaps there is a bolt to tighten or a block to grease. If you have an
seamen even today who go down to the sea in ships. The seamen who engine, there may be oil to change or packing to stuff. It is an endless
opened world trade routes around the Horn, the captains and crew source of satisfaction for a job well done.
who fought the world’s great sea battles, and the birch bark canoe men Developing skills, wisdom, and confidence
were adventurers all. Whenever or wherever you take to the water in There is never a day when you will go out in a boat that you do not
your boat, from a dinghy to a yacht, you are joining the ranks of marine learn something new or sharpen a skill. There is never a day when you
adventurers of all time. There is always an unknown ahead of you -- an are not required to make a decision, often quickly, that you have not
adventure awaits. made in quite the same way before. Boats are not as life threatening
Bonding as automobiles, but they seem to be. The bigger risk in boating is to
You can, of course, boat alone, but the greater satisfaction is in boating your ego, for there are times when wind, wave, or current becomes the
with others, bonding with family and friends, and developing teamwork master. And with loss of ego, as the Maine sage says, comes wisdom.
that makes your boat go better. Working together to leave the dock, In this way you develop confidence in yourself and in your ability to
racing, cruising, anchoring, and returning to harbor can expand your handle unexpected situations.
life and relationships. Sailing, perhaps, offers the greatest opportunity Education
for team building, but so does two man canoeing, even pedal boating. First of all, you have to learn a new language. Boats don’t have fronts
Craftsmanship or rears. Even canoes and dinghies have bows and sterns, with bow
Boats, more than automobiles or airplanes, require craftsmen. There is lines and stern lines. There are knots you must learn to tie. There is
always something to fix or improve on a boat that you must do yourself, nothing intuitive about making boats go, either, and you will always
not contract for. There’s a crack to mend, or a leak to plug, or a bottom want to make the boat go better, or faster, or safer, requiring education
in seamanship, rules of the road, and safety. You need to learn piloting
and chart reading, how to anchor, and how to read the weather and the
water. If you trailer your boat, you need an education in how to launch
and retrieve, and how to balance your load; it is not as easy as it looks. In
boating, continuing education is the name of the game.
Lots about boating is just plain fun: towing youngsters in a tube, wake
boarding and wake surfing, shooting white water in a kayak, skimming
at high speed over flat water, heeling a sailboat into the wind, diving
into dark blue water in the middle of a lake, trolling for fish, or just
rocking gently at anchor in a quite cove and reading a book or magazine.
It’s major fun.
Getting away from it all
No matter how much stress you have at work, at home, or at school,
when you take your boat out you leave that stress behind. Boating is
all-consuming of your attention. You are aware of each minute, what
is happening right now, and what is ahead. The more daring your trip,
or the more you venture into a new place or try out a new seamanship
technique, the more you get away from terrestrial worries.
Boating is exercise. It is not aerobic unless you are in a canoe race, or
paddling a kayak into a stiff headwind, or cranking winches on a racing
yacht, or making long offshore passages that “trawlerdog”, a veteran of
Alaska to Mexico runs, calls “terror aerobics”. Every muscle in your body
works in a boat. Even when you are just sitting at anchor your body is
working as the boat rocks and rolls. You are getting lots of fresh air and
Vitamin D (and don’t forget the sunscreen).
It takes some intrepidness just to buy a boat. You are committing to a
non-essential capital expenditure, perhaps to lessons, to continued
maintenance costs, and, for some boats, mooring expenses. It takes
still more intrepidness to venture out into the unknown, even if the
unknown is a small lake. Not everyone can be a boater. If you are, you
are special. You are intrepid.
This is reason number ten, just because this list is alphabetical, but it
probably should be number one. Joy is more than happiness or gaiety.
It is an elevation of your entire spirit – a rejoicing. Can boating give you
joy? You bet. Ask a kayaker who has come out of a Class 4 or 5 rapids,
a racing sailor who has made all the right tacks at the right times to
take first place in a windy race, a power boater who followed the moon
on the water to a lovely anchorage, a wake boarder who has gotten
major air, or a young child back from his first pedal boat excursion.
Your adventures are out there, your joy
You do not have to own a boat to be a
boater. You can charter or rent, by the
hour, the day, or the month. You can
crew for boat owners. You can partner
with boat owners who want you to
share only in expenses. If even those
commitments are more than you desire,
you can hop on a scheduled ferry,
sign up for a guided kayak tour, board
a fishing party boat, or join a group
excursion. Whatever. Get out there!
Content courtesy of Laird Durham
MONEYSAVER Outdoors — Spring, 2017 — 3

Balance Technology with
Outdoor Play Time for
Healthier Kids
NewsUSA bank their screen time for use on a rainy day.

Many children are too busy tweeting to go outside and hear a Go Geocaching. Take your kids on an outdoor adventure that
real tweet. Kids today spend an average of seven hours per day combines popular GPS technology and a treasure hunt. Don’t have a
using electronic media but only four to seven minutes outside in GPS? There are several smart phone apps that can do the trick. Learn
unstructured outdoor play time. more at www.Rangerricktrails.com.

“The importance of media in today’s world is indisputable, but a sky’s-
the-limit approach to technology can have a powerful downside for
kids if it’s not tempered with something more down to earth,” said
Lindsay Legendre, manager of the National Wildlife Federation’s Be
Out There Movement -- an effort to get more children outdoors more

Research shows that spending time outdoors makes kids grow lean
and strong, enhances their imaginations and gives them time to let
off steam and just be kids. The Kaiser Family Foundation says children
who spend too much time with technology are more likely to get fair
or poor grades. As a result of research like this, NWF’s Be Out There
Movement created the “Outdoor Play for Every Day: A Parent’s Guide
for Overcoming Common Obstacles to Kids and Outdoor Play,” which
is loaded with tips and activities to help parents overcome the lure of
technology and other common obstacles to getting kids outdoors.

Consider the following suggestions to maximize outdoor time while
making peace with media and technology:

Monkey See/Monkey Do. Set a good example about
limiting tech time, and your kids will be more likely to
follow suit. Talk to your kids, and let everyone have a say on
the amount of time that screens will be used each week so
ground rules are clear up front.

Pay to Play. Encourage kids to earn screen time by
balancing it with equal amounts of reading, chores or
playing outside. Len Saunders, author of “Keeping Kids Fit”
and father of two, suggests that for every hour of physical
activity, kids earn 30 minutes of tech time.

Let ‘Em Pick. Offer kids a set amount of screen time each
day and let them decide how to use it (watch TV, play video
games or surf the web). If the weather is nice, and they want
to trade their screen time for playing outdoors, they can
4 — MONEYSAVER Outdoors — Spring, 2017

Family fishing waters
great places
for family
By Mike Demick, Conservation Information Supervisor

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Looking for a fun family-friendly activity close to home? Give fishing a try.

“There’s plenty of great fishing action close to home,” says Doug Megargle,
fisheries manager with Fish and Game based in Jerome. “Family fishing waters
are full of fish, so now’s a perfect time to get out and create some lasting

Family Fishing waters are choice fishing spots geared toward families and
the likelihood of catching fish. Most are easy to reach, stocked with trout, and
accessible by anglers of all ages.

“If you’re looking for a fun, quick fishing trip for the entire family, you can’t beat
them,” said Megargle.

For information on Family Fishing Waters near you, visit Fish and Game’s
website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/family-fishing-waters.

Fish and Game’s “Take Me Fishing” trailers are also a great resource. During the
spring and early summer, the trailers are set up at easy to reach fishing ponds
across the state and offer basic fishing equipment that can be checked-out for
free and knowledgeable staff ready to help kids and parents start fishing. Plus,
anyone who signs-up at the trailer does not need a fishing license to fish during
the event. For a schedule of events in your area, visit https://idfg.idaho.gov/event/

Before heading out for a day, be sure to review the fishing seasons and rules
brochure for the water you have chosen for the day. Seasons and rules brochures
are available at license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online at https://idfg.

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