Of interest to all you buckskinners and outdoor festival goers: The Festival Of The Wild Rose Moon is this coming Saturday and Sunday (June 7 & 8). It’s just north of Middlebury, Indiana. Look for the signs, ask someone, or find the Lovejoy Riding Stables; I’m sure you’ll find it. The festival is like a Johnny Appleseed festival only a little smaller. The outdoor cooked food is great. See you there.

I’ve noticed a lot of baby bunnies and baby squirrels in my yard recently. I think the owls will take care of the over abundance so I’m not worried about them but let’s don’t help Mother Nature more than we have to. Here is what the IDNR has to say about baby bunnies and other ‘WILD ORPHANS’.

Baby bunnies alone in the grass or a spotted fawn laying motionless in a clearing can tempt well-meaning people to become wildlife parents, but Indiana Department of Natural Resources biologists warn that leaving animals alone is usually the best thing for the animal.

According to biologists, adult animals frequently leave their young to forage for food, but they rarely abandon their young. They attempt to conceal their young from other animals and humans in order to protect them. When people handle or move young animals, it increases the likelihood that parent animals may abandon them or be unable to find them.

“The best advice we can give someone who discovers a nest of young animals such as birds or rabbits is to leave them where they were found, disturb them as little as possible, and allow the adults to care for them,” said Glenn Lange, chief of wildlife for the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife. If young birds have fallen from a nest, Lange suggests gently returning them to the nest and staying clear of the area.

Young animals often appear harmless, but can bite or scratch people who attempt to handle them. Instinctively, they will attempt to protect themselves if they cannot flee from an area.

Occasionally, well-intentioned people attempt to adopt young animals as pets. Driven by their instincts, these animals may become aggressive and territorial, as they grow older. They can damage homes or endanger people caring for them. Animals raised by humans also lack skills to acquire food and shelter on their own or to compete with other animals for these resources. Consequently, if they are released, they are less able to survive than are other wild animals.

Possessing wild animals without a permit is against state law. Certain species, such as migratory birds, are protected under federal law. If you encounter an injured animal, contact the Wildlife Information Hotline at 1-800-893-4116. The hotline, which is provided by the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife and USDA Wildlife Services, offers advice and referrals on how to handle nuisance and injured animals.

A quote from two of the greatest men in our country’s history.

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. From the hour the pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference; they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”

– George Washington

“To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”

– Richard Henry Lee

“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people . . .

To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

– George Mason