On May 20, 2020

No mistaking it, the fawn is ok

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife asks that you take these facts into consideration

Most deer fawns are born in late May and the first and second weeks of June!  When people see a small fawn alone, they often mistakenly assume it is helpless, lost or needing to be rescued.

Fawns do not attempt to evade predators during their first few weeks, instead relying on camouflage and stillness to remain undetected. During these times, fawns learn critical survival skills from their mothers. Bringing a fawn into a human environment results in separation from its mother, and it usually results in a sad ending for the animal.

Here are some facts and tips that will help you help deer this spring:

Deer nurse their young at different times during the day and often leave their young alone for long periods of time. These animals are not lost. Their mother knows where they are and will return.

Deer normally will not feed or care for their young when people are close by.

Deer fawns will imprint on humans and lose their natural fear of people, which can be essential to their survival.

Keep domestic pets under control at all times. Dogs often will kill fawns and other baby animals.

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