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DNR specialist explains what to do if you find a fawn

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 06/11/2021 2:40PM
Rhinelander - Have you ever seen a fawn lying down by itself, and wanted to help it?

They might seem helpless, but the DNR's Amanda Kamps explains that it's not our job to fix it. "The best thing to do is just leave it there," said Kamps. "They act very differently than we do. They have their certain natural behaviors, they know what to do and chances are the animal doesn't need help."

As a Wildlife Health Conservation Specialist, Kamps gets a lot of phone calls this time of year about fawns. May through June is the peak season of fawns being born.

One myth Kamps has heard is that if you touch a fawn, the mother will abandon it. She says that will only happen if you keep it for a long time. Fawns often lie down because they're tired. Their mothers often leave them alone which actually protects them.

"That's the best way for the mom to protect it from predators and she does not want to draw any extra attention to it," said Kamps. "So she does not want to bring her scent to it either."

And it's normal for does to leave their fawns in unusual places.

"What's normal behavior for her is to leave the fawn laying down, quiet, curled up in the lawn, in a garden, could be against a building," said Kamps. "It might be in a spot where we think is pretty abnormal, but for some reason she liked that spot."

If you see a fawn, leave it alone. Kamps urges people to call the DNR or go on the DNR's website for help.
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