It’s that time of year; the iconic spring-time Bambis can be seen lying in the tall grasses and ferns throughout the forest. This irresistible baby deer is in danger, and not from animal predation, but from humans. Every year, people find fawns left behind while their mothers go out to forage, and in many cases, the fawns are touched, handled, or even taken away. Many think the mothers are nowhere to be found, so the Bambi must have been abandoned, but this is usually not the case. The mother could be standing behind a tree, watching you with her fawn. Or she could be some distance away, looking for food to sustain herself so she can nurse her baby.
In most cases, the fawn should not be touched, and should be left exactly where you found it. If you are concerned about the fawn, contact your local DNR or Fish & Wildlife Services. They can check on the welfare of the fawn and, if it does need assistance, they will have the knowledge and resources to take care of it.
Have fun in nature this summer!