Be aware of fawns left near your home or power generator for ‘safekeeping’ between April and July

Aparil 23, 2024

Every year, wildlife rehabilitators care for healthy fawns who are assumed to be orphaned. But, says the Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Network of British Columbia, homeowners who find a fawn resting near their home or power generator should know that it is normal for a mother deer to leave a fawn alone for periods of time. They come back only a few times a day to feed the baby, who waits quietly while hiding from predators.

If you find a fawn lying quietly and you are worried that he or she has been abandoned, don’t disturb the baby deer. Check on the fawn from a distance for the next 24 hours. The doe will likely return and move the baby to a new spot.

Fawns are commonly found bedded in brushy areas with vegetative cover or in some grassy areas—even in suburban areas close to homes or near roadways. A doe may consider the bushy area near a house—or the warmth of a secluded generator—the perfect hiding spot for its fawn, says Benson Ver Hage Electric of Midland Park, New Jersey.

In addition, BVH Electric has some other tips for homeowners:

  • Don’t feed the fawn if it looks weak or hungry;
  • Newly born fawns are nearly odorless, making it harder for predators to find them;
  • The doe will stay away for a few hours or even days so that her scent doesn’t rub off while the fawn is hiding and gaining strength;
  • When the doe returns to feed/move the fawn she will usually give a light call to get the fawn to get up and join her. This may happen several times a day, and will go on for about a month before the fawn stays with the doe at all times; and
  • A fawn may bleat (vocalize) in a way that sounds like crying, if they are disturbed or are trying to locate their mother.

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