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Yesterday morning, on the way into work, I saw my 1st roadkilled fawn of the year, so I knew the time was near. Sure enough, this morning I received my 1st phone call of the year about an orphaned fawn. With the occurrence of these 2 events, it seems a good time to re-post a blog by Kelly Knowles and to reference the publication that provides some factual information about fawns that people see this time of year.
A doe spends very little time with her fawn the first weeks after its birth to minimize the chance that predators will find it by tracking her scent. It’s illegal to be in possession of white-tailed deer fawns because its best chance of survival is in the wild, undisturbed by humans. This publication debunks several myths about “abandoned” fawns and offers suggestions about what to do if you find a fawn without its mother.
For more information, please see the ACES Publication Lost, Abandoned, or Orphaned Deer Fawns - ANR-1396
Mark D. Smith, Stephen S. Ditchkoff, Jim Armstrong
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