If you find a baby deer fawn and believe it is orphaned or injured, here is what you should and shouldn’t do.
During the months of May and June, female deer, or does, often give birth to one to three baby deer, called fawns. A fawn is small and has a reddish brown coat with white spots to help it hide within the forest and grasses from predators.
Often times, fawns are left alone for hours as their mother searches for food and water. As the mother leaves the fawn, several times throughout the past, people find these fawns and believe them to be orphaned and left to die. In more situations than not, this is not the case.
If you come across a fawn and it doesn’t appear to be injured the first thing you should do is leave the fawn alone. More times than not animal rehabilitators receive phone calls or accept deliveries of fawns that were never in harm’s way.
In fact, by moving the fawn in attempt to try to “rescue” it, that person ends up putting the fawn in greater danger than if it was just left alone.
If you come across a fawn that appears to be orphaned, the best thing to do is to leave it be for a day and return to see if it is there again the next day. Fawns will produce a cry also known as a “blat” or “bleat” which usually occurs during distress. If the fawn is producing this sound it could indicate the fawn is orphaned, lost or injured.
If you find a fawn and you believe that it is orphaned or see that it is obviously injured, your next step is to contact your local wildlife rehabilitator. You are strongly advised to not touch the fawn until you have spoken with your local authorities.
You can find your local wildlife rehabilitator by using one of these two websites:
Wildlife rehabilitators take care of orphaned, sick or injured wildlife until they can be released safely back to the wild. By contacting your local rehabilitator, you will be able to give them information of your situation and they will have the best advice for your next step.