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LSWF message: Leave fawns alone

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When a newborn fawn is found, best advice is to leave it alone, unless the fawn is endangered by dogs as this little fellow was. Born in a friend’s yard, the fawn had little chance at survival had the homeowner not moved it to nearby woods.

This is the first account I’ve heard so far this year but I’ll bet I’ll hear more. Baby fawns are being born just about now and these little fellows are often found by people walking the woods or in the case I heard about recently, looking out their kitchen window.

A friend called to report something strange his daughter had found in their yard within 10 steps of the kitchen window. A tiny fawn, still wet with umbilical cord still attached, was lying in the grass in the yard. Obviously, a doe had delivered the fawn in this most unlikely of places.

Knowing that baby deer should be left where they’re found, this homeowner had a problem; he had four dogs and was fearful of what would happen to the fawn if the dogs found it.

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