If you spot a fawn alone, don’t touch it, DNR says

It is not uncommon for deer to leave their young unattended so as not to draw attention to where it is hidden. Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


By: Michigan Department of Natural Resources 
Posted May 13, 2020

Fawns will start showing up in May and June. Remember, if you spot a fawn alone, do not touch it! There is a good chance it is supposed to be there. It is not uncommon for deer to leave their young unattended so as not to draw attention to where it is hidden. Young fawns have excellent camouflage and lay very still which makes it harder for predators to find them. The mother will return periodically to nurse her fawn when she feels it is safe.

The best thing you can do to help is leave the fawn alone and enjoy it from a distance. Leaving baby animals in the wild ensures they have the best chance for survival.

Remember, only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may possess abandoned or injured wildlife. Unless a person is licensed, it is unlawful to possess a live wild animal, including deer, in Michigan.

We all share the responsibility of keeping Michigan’s wildlife wild. Additional tips and information on what to do if you find a baby animal, are available at Michigan.gov/Wildlife.


 

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