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Spotting fawns in Michigan

When you’re out enjoying Michigan’s outdoors, you may come across a fawn. If you do, enjoy the experience from a distance.

Please remember that although the fawn seems alone, chances are, the mother is nearby. 

To keep from attracting predators, a mother deer will hide her fawn, who was born with very little scent, and return periodically to care for it.

“Fawns may appear abandoned, but they rarely are,” said Hannah Schauer, a communications coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. “All wild white-tailed deer begin life this way.”

While it can be tempting to take a fawn that looks abandoned, it is always best to leave it in the wild. A fawn’s best chance of survival is with its mother.

“If you do come across a fawn on its own, the best thing to do is not touch it,” said Schauer.

If you’re certain a fawn has been abandoned, don’t try and care for it yourself – contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may possess abandoned or injured wildlife. Unless someone is licensed, it is illegal to possess live wild animals, including deer, in Michigan. 

A list of current rehabilitators can be found at michigan.gov/wildlife.

Learn more in this video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIDZMNXR9xI.

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