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See a fawn alone? Don’t assume mother’s gone

May 25, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department is reminding people to not interfere if they see fawns by themselves.

The majority of deer fawns are born in May and June. People see fawns alone and may try to help them. The doe usually isn’t far off, waiting to return to feed her newborn fawn.

The department says adult deer can be easily detected by predators, due to their scent and size. Does will spend extended periods away from their fawns to disassociate their scent from the fawn and keep them safe from predators.

People who try to help usually are removing fawns from the mother’s care. Improper care of injured or orphaned wildlife often leads to animals’ sickness or death.

People can call in a report if there’s a concern.

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