Sam Webb – Wild Wise
Baby deer are on their way! While this is very exciting, it is also a very fragile time for fawns. Please be sure to be WILD WISE this deer seasons and follow these tips:
Drive with care
If you see a doe crossing the road, go slow- there is a good chance her fawn is fumbling behind her. Fawns are fearful animals and get spooked quite easily, their reaction when afraid is to lay still — although this may work in their favour when escaping predators, it can be life-threatening when crossing the street.
Watch from a distance
If you are wondering if a fawn is orphaned, please do not interfere right away unless you have confirmation mother is deceased. Note that does will leave their fawns for several hours in a “safe” location while she goes off to feed. She will only return to her baby when she feels it is safe to do so. If you are close by, she will not return. Please watch from a distance, binoculars work great! Deer are most active at dawn and dusk and usually return to feed and move their fawns at these times.
Contact a professional
Typically, the advice given is to “leave them where they lay” unless the baby has obvious sign of injury or is in immediate danger. When in doubt, contact a local wildlife professional. Photos can be a great help in determining if a rescue is justified. Please refrain from touching, holding or picking up the baby unless directed otherwise.
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