VT Fish and Wildlife: Don't Pick Up Baby Fawns

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/02 2014 10:28AM

Updated 06/02 2014 10:30AM

Credit: Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Fish and Wildlife Officials are reminding the public that deer fawns are being born and are asking people to avoid disturbing them or picking them up. 

According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, most deer are born during the first and second weeks of June. 

Deer Biologist Adam Murkowski encourages people to resist the urge to assist wildlife in ways that may be harmful, and he offered these informational tips:
  • Deer and moose nurse their young at different times during the day, and often leave their young alone for long periods of time.  These animals are not lost.  Their mother knows where they are and will return.
  • Deer normally will not feed or care for their young when people are close by. 
  • Deer fawns will imprint on humans and lost their natural fear of people, which can be essential to their survival.  
  • Keep domestic pets indoors, leashed or fenced in.  Dogs often will kill fawns and other baby animals.  
Visit the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website for more information or call  (802)-828-1000 

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