Leave fawns alone this spring
Fawns are born mid-May through early June and people should leave fawns be if they encounter them in the wild.
During their first few weeks of life, fawns avoid predators by hiding in thick vegetation or cover, often away from their mothers, for most of each day. Fawns will remain still even as people or predators approach their location.
Fawns do fine even if they look abandoned or fragile and people can give them the best chance of survival by leaving them be. Fawns do not attempt to evade predators during their first few weeks of life. Instead they remain still to avoid being seen, and are camouflaged with white spots.
Early in their lives, fawns are learning critical survival skills from their mothers, which often leave their young alone for long periods of time. Bringing fawns into human environments separates them from their mothers. Deer normally will not feed or care for their young when people are nearby.
People should resist the urge to assist wildlife in ways that may be harmful. Deer fawns can lose their natural fear of people, a fear that can be essential to their survival.
Pet owners also should keep pets indoors, leashed or fenced in. Dogs can kill fawns and other baby animals.
For more information about what to do if you find fawns or other species of baby wild animals, visit bit.ly/orphanedwildlife .