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Hunt Control officials urge community to leave fawns alone

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Environmental Management Division

Now is the time of year for white-tailed deer to give birth. As a result, fawns may be alone on the installation. If a fawn is found by itself, leave it alone. 

Many people think when they find a young fawn hiding by itself in the vegetation that it has been abandoned. Actually, young fawns survive by having very little scent and hiding very still in cover to evade predators. The doe will leave the fawn alone for extended periods, returning periodically to nurse.

Officials urge those who see a fawn hiding to leave the area immediately and do not disturb the animal in any way. 

Aside from potentially causing the mother to abandon the fawn, it is illegal to possess or harass all species of wildlife without a permit. It is also potentially dangerous.

If a fawn is picked up by a human, it must be cared for in captivity. Only licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers are authorized to possess wildlife. Rearing a wild animal in captivity is also very time consuming and costly.