HomeFact Sheet 26: Encountering Newborn Deer Fawns

Fact Sheet 26: Encountering Newborn Deer Fawns


OVERVIEW
Newborn fawns are alone and separated from the doe by design. This behavior allows fawns to hide from predators before the fawns are developed enough to outrun them. Approaching or handling newborn fawns increases their stress level and threatens their survival. People often pick up fawns that are alone, thinking they need help, and bring them to local wildlife agencies for care. Although well intentioned, removing a fawn from its hiding place separates it from the doe and severely changes the animal’s life.

A product of the Mule Deer Working Group - Sponsored by the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. Produced with support from the Mule Deer Foundation (www.muledeer.org) - Approved January 2018

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