Finding a baby deer alone? You really don’t need any help

ST. LOUIS – With more and more deer in the suburbs, there may be a time when you’ll find a fawn in your yard. Don’t rush out to help the poor abandoned baby deer. In and of itself it’s probably fine.

Fawns are born in May and June. If you find one lying alone in your yard, try not to worry.

“What’s very common for deer moms is to leave their fawn somewhere they think is fairly safe,” said Dan Zarlenga with the Missouri Department of Conservation. “It could be in a grassy area or in a wooded area. It could even be in your garden.”

The baby isn’t strong enough to follow mom all day, so Female roe deer hide their newborn before they go to feed. But they are always near.

“The best thing you can do is leave it alone. You can view it. You can watch it. And know that the mother is very close and may even be watching you,” Zarlenga said.

Although they appear vulnerable Fawns are not completely helpless. They don’t have a strong scent that would attract predators, and they know to keep quiet when hiding.

“Mothers do it naturally. And the fawns do this by nature, by instinct, know what to do. And that usually means lying still and not moving much,” Zarlenga said.

If you see a fawn near a dead mother, you might want to call a wildlife center. Or if you see something that threatens the fawn, such as B. a dog, remove this threat. Otherwise, resist the urge to move the baby.

“The mother knows where she left the fawn. It’s probably near. And if for some reason the mother moved a little further away and you move the fawn, that will now disturb the mother,” Zarlenga said. Finding a baby deer alone? You really don’t need any help

Nate Jones

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