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Leave young wildlife where you find it
This is a photo of a fawn riding in the cab of a Fish, Wildlife & Parks warden's truck Monday. It is cute, for sure, but it's a sight that doesn't bode well for this fawn. The warden returned the fawn to the area it was first found, but once it's been gone for a time, there's no guarantee that the doe will return for it.
FWP gets multiple calls every spring and early summer from people concerned that fawns or other young offspring may have been abandoned. They have the best of intentions, hoping that FWP can reunite the fawn with its mother or somehow take care of it. However, the best place and the best chance of survival for that fawn is with its mother.
It is common for does to leave fawns for a time and feed. The white spots on the fawns help them to blend into the grass and sunlight, and at this age, they don't put off much smell to predators.
In the absence of people, does come back to the fawn eventually. But this can't happen if people intervene. FWP cannot rehabilitate deer due to disease concerns and the fact that they often don't survive in captivity. So if the doe cannot locate that fawn, it's likely that the fawn will not survive, particularly in this heat.
So the next time you see a young animal that seems to be on its own, watch for a little bit if you can and you will likely see the mother return soon. In the end, the best way we can help these animals is to keep our distance!