The wildlife folks at the Wisconsin DNR want to remind everyone that the mother deer and their fawns are out and about this time of here AND to just leave the fawns alone. Here’s the press release;
MADISON – State wildlife officials remind outdoor enthusiasts the best way to enjoy Wisconsin’s whitetail fawns being born now through early July is from afar because their mother is nearby even though you don’t see her.
Dianne Robinson, Department of Natural Resources wildlife expert who chairs the Keep Wildlife Wild program, says spring is when well-meaning people discover fawns alone, mistakenly believe they are in trouble and take unneeded action that may harm the animal. A fawn’s best chance for survival is with its mother.
“Wild deer moms care for and protect their young differently than human mothers,” Robinson said of the state’s official wild animal. “It is normal for wild deer mothers to leave their fawns unattended for long periods of time. Keeping fawns hidden and alone is actually an adaptation to protect them from predators.”
Robinson says her best advice to spring callers concerned about fawns is simple: “Leave it where it is. Do not touch the fawn as scent is one of its natural protectors.”
Is it hard to know if a deer fawn is truly in need of help?
“Absolutely,” Robinson said. “And we do understand people want to help and that’s a wonderful sentiment. However, to really help, don’t touch the animal and call the DNR’s Call Center or a licensed wildlife rehabilitator if you are truly concerned for its welfare. Remember, a fawn’s best chance for survival is with its mother.”
The DNR Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The DNR Call Center staff is happy to help you. The number is 1-888-936-7463.de
More information can be found on the DNR’s Keep Wildlife Wild page, found at dnr.wi.gov and search keywords, keep wildlife wild, and this document specific to fawns. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/documents/fawnkey.pdf