When is intervention acceptable?
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A moose was suffering from an open wound where its tail should have been. Wildlife managers concluded it was the result of a wolf attack and left it alone. But officials intervened on behalf of a baby eagle with a broken wing whose nest was the subject of a video feed watched by tens of thousands of people around the world.
These cases in Minnesota highlight a dilemma that’s common across the country: when to intervene on behalf of wounded wildlife and when to let nature take its course.
“It depends on the circumstances in each case, and often it depends on how man has affected the situation,” said Doug Inkley, a senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation.