This is the time of the year when people will start seeing more deer and their fawns. However, these animals have to be always aware of many threats.
Therefore, if a deer sees you, it might think that you are also some predator. Because adult deer are large and easy to spot by predators, females spend a lot of time away from their fawns to avoid being attacked while its fawn is near.
Plus, female mothers will try to disassociate their scent from the fawns as an extra measure of precaution against predators. Nevertheless, in the first month of their life, fawns need constant attention from the mother, so the doe will visit the fawn a couple of times every day to nurse fast.
According to New Hampshire Fish and Game biologists, the doe will not go too far in order to be close enough to hear the fawn. Plus, biologists announced that this month many deer fawns will be born in New Hampshire, so people should avoid one if they see it.
Deer mothers are not likely to abandon their fawns, so if you see one, the doe is probably in the surrounding area. Unfortunately, many people think that they are saving fawns, but they just take them away from the care of their mothers.
In case residents see a young wild animal, and they are sure that it has been abandoned, experts advise them to call Fish and Game at (603) 271-2461. The agency will send trained specialists with rehabilitator permits, issued by the New Hampshire Fish and Game. These professionals will know what to do and how to take care of an abandoned or injured wild animal.
Furthermore, improper care of and orphaned of injured fawn or any other wild animal usually leads to death or sickness. Besides being illegal to ‘adopt’ a wild animal from the streets, feeding the fawn with cow’s milk will cause it severe diarrhea and most likely death.
It is also worth mentioning that people should avoid deer mothers not only for their safety but also for the safety of their pets. Two dogs have been recently killed by a doe after unintentionally getting close to a fawn.
The authorities established that the dogs were small breeds and that the doe will not be removed because it only manifested a normal behavior of protecting its fawns. Fortunately, dog owners understood the situation as well.