If You Find A Newborn Fawn Alone, Leave It Be
Spring is when fawns (baby deer) are born across our region. If you've ever seen a newborn fawn, it's really a beautiful thing. I had an experience about a decade ago where I witnessed a fawn that had just been born. I had been hiking on the Munger Shaw Trail near Riverside when I noticed something off the side of the trail in the grass. I looked closer and noticed it was a very small fawn, curled up, and it was still wet. It had just been born.
It took me a minute looking around to spot the mother, a doe, that was about 25 yards away watching me closely through the brush. I walked off and continued my day, leaving feeling what a cool experience that was.
What I witnessed is actually pretty common according to the Wisconsin DNR. A fawn's mother will leave the fawn for much of the day. It's important to know this, because sometimes people find a fawn in the woods alone and panic and think they need help. This isn't a good idea, because as they post, a wild animals best chance of survival is almost always in the wild.
So keep this in mind every spring, that these fawns are just fine. Their mother may be watching for a distance or leaving the fawn alone to not draw attention. There's no reason for you to intervene even if you may think you're helping out. Just leave feeling lucky that you got to witness this beautiful nature moment.
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