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Fawns

Fawns are taught to sit very still, usually in the forest or in tall grass. Occasionally, you may see a fawn lying motionless alongside a roadway. This is one of the defense mechanisms which protects it from predators. Young fawns do not have a scent, and therefore do not attract predators. The mother leaves her fawn for up to twenty four hours while she feeds.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I SEE A FAWN?

  • Only intervene if a young fawn with an umbilical cord appears to be left alone for up to twelve hours.
  • Only intervene if an older fawn appears to be left alone for up to twenty-four hours.
  • Intervene if the fawn or doe has a life threatening injury.
  • If you find a fawn on the side of the road, gently herd it off the road where another passerby will not see it. The mother and fawn have most likely been separated while crossing the road.

Do not feed the fawn !!- improper feeding can cause severe damage to the intestinal tract and could cause death.

Please, be very careful when handling the fawn, as animals do carry ticks, fleas or parasites that could be dangerous to your health.

Please be aware that having wildlife in your possession without a permit is against the law.

 

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