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Much the same as with baby rabbits, a mother deer (doe) does not remain with her fawn during the daylight hours.  Far too often, people will immediately assume that a fawn they found is an orphan.  It’s important that you understand that the doe is nearby.  She does not remain near the fawns to keep predators away from them.  She will visit to nurse the fawns on a few times a day, and only if she feels safe and senses no danger.  Unless you are 100% certain that the mother is dead (visual confirmation) then please, leave the fawn alone and leave the area.  


Deer view humans as predators also, so they will be wary of coming out to tend to their fawns if you are in the immediate area.  If you have already moved a fawn and taken it home, you must return it immediately.  Rub some grass on the fawns body when you put it back and leave the area. 


In very rare instances, which are uncommon, a fawn might be found laying on it’s side, or crying loudly and without stopping, or if you see obvious injuries (e.g. a broken leg, bleeding). Those are the only times you should consider that the fawn may well be a true orphan and you may need to contact an authorized wildlife custodian or wildlife centre.  A quiet fawn, lying down alone is not an orphan.  You MUST leave it alone.


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