Most fawns found alone are not orphans, says MDIFW

Wed, 05/17/2023 - 8:00am

Did you know that does leave their fawns unattended most of the time, only returning two-three times per day to nurse? Until they are strong enough to keep up with mom, fawns are safest from predators when they are left alone to hide.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife hopes to educate the public regarding the removal of young animals from the wild.

Fawns’ near absence of odor and spot-on camouflage keep them safe while they wait, according to MDIFW, in a news release. The doe will return to care for her fawn as long as you give her space to do so. Keep your distance, make sure children do the same, and bring pets indoors.

Most fawns found alone are not orphans and always have a much higher chance of survival if left to be raised by their mom. Learn how to recognize a truly orphaned fawn here.

If you find a fawn in need of help, immediately contact Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife BEFORE taking action. A wildlife biologist or game warden will provide instructions.

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