We’re about to enter one of the cutest times of the year… fawn season! However, there’s a few things you need to know about fawns before heading into the season.
Most importantly, if you see one, don’t touch it!
New Canaan Advertiser reports that around this time of year, fawns begin showing up on people’s property. Which, unfortunately, convinces some people its mother abandoned it.
Officer Allyson Halm of New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control suggests a 24-hour rule:
“We ask residents to not touch the fawn for 24 hours. Ninety-nine percent are gone within that time frame.”
Newborn fawns cannot keep up with their mothers, who watch over them through September. Also, mothers leave their babies behind as to not attract predators to their vulnerable young.
Until then, a fawn will hide and wait for its mother to return. Sometimes they wait up to 7 hours just lying perfectly still in their little hiding spot.
Fawns are odorless, so predators have a harder time finding them. Also, their spots let them blend right in wherever they hide. Pair that with their eerie ability to remain perfectly still for hours on end… yeah.
Also, a mother will remember where she left her baby. If you disturb the fawn or spook it, it will run and hide in a new location, which sometimes results in separation.
In addition, the mother might reject her baby if it picks up some of your human stink, so keep your hands to yourself. But, if you absolutely must move the fawn, do so with gloves or try to herd the baby to a safer area that’s still close by.
If you accidentally touch the fawn, wipe a clean towel in grass and leaves before gently wiping the fawn off.
So, do yourself and Mother Nature a solid. If you see a baby fawn snoozing in your garden, leave it be! Mom will probably return by the end of the day.
However, if the fawn remains in its hiding spot for over 24 hours, that’s when nature officials say you should act. This is also true if the fawn continues making distressed noises or you found the mother’s body close by.
HERE is a list of the people you need to call if you come across a real orphaned deer.
So, there you have it. If you spy some fawns in your yard, do nothing more than snap a few photos and wait for mom to return.