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Enjoy fawns from a distance


Expect to start seeing fawns in May and June

A thicket, a patch of tall grass and a quiet spot in your back yard – all places that fawns have been found. For the first few weeks of a white-tailed deer fawn’s life, its mother will hide it in secluded locations. This behavior helps reduce the potential of predators finding the fawn.

While fawns may seem abandoned, they rarely are. All wild white-tailed deer begin life this way.

A fawn’s spots are excellent camouflage and will help it stay hidden from predators. In addition to being hidden by its mother and having spotted camouflage, fawns have another adaptation to help them survive – they are virtually odorless when they are young.

If you find a fawn alone, do not touch it! There is a good chance it is supposed to be there. It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended so as not to draw attention to where the fawn is hidden. The mother will return periodically to nurse her fawn when she feels it is safe.

The best thing to do is to leave the fawn alone and enjoy the experience from a distance. Leaving baby animals in the wild ensures they have the best chance for survival. Help keep Michigan’s wildlife wild.

Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may possess abandoned or injured wildlife. Unless a person is licensed, it is illegal to possess a live wild animal, including deer, in Michigan.  

Learn more at Michigan.gov/Wildlife or contact DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453.


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A Mother’s love


Linda Hovey recently sent us this photo of a doe and her fawn.

“She has been coming in my yard for a few weeks,” she wrote. “Just brought [the] baby tonight. Last year she had twins.”

It looks as if this mama doe wanted to show off her new offspring to the Hovey family. Such a cute photo! Thanks for sending it to us, Linda!

If you have a wildlife photo you’d like to send us, please email it to news@cedarspringspost.com, along with some info about the photo. Please include the city/township where it was taken.

 

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Lunch at the Rose’s


Cherri Rose, in Solon Township, said her dog began to whine frantically at the window Saturday about noon, and when she looked out the window, she could see why: a doe and her fawn were dining in the yard.
Athough the window was closed, the doe clearly heard the dog, and is keeping a watchful eye as she and her fawn find something to munch on.
If you have wildlife photos you’d like to send to us, email them to news@cedarspringspost.com with a short summary.

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