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  • Writer's pictureMary Ickert

Fawn Season

Dear Neighbors,

 

As spring unfolds and nature reawakens, it's a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors. However, amidst the blossoming flowers and chirping birds, there's a phenomenon that often goes unnoticed until it's too late: fawn season. While it may seem enchanting to stumble upon a newborn fawn nestled in the grass, it's crucial to understand the delicate balance of nature and the potential risks associated with human interference during this time.

Fawn season typically occurs in late spring and early summer when whitetail deer give birth to their young. During this period, female deer seek out secluded areas to give birth, often in tall grass or shrubbery, away from prying eyes. Fawns are born with minimal scent and remain motionless for extended periods to avoid detection by predators.

Unfortunately, human interaction during this vulnerable stage can have dire consequences for these young animals. Here are a few reasons why we must exercise caution and respect wildlife during fawn season:


  1. Abandonment: Fawns are often left alone for hours at a time while their mothers forage for food. Well-meaning individuals may mistake this natural behavior for abandonment and attempt to rescue the fawn, inadvertently separating it from its mother.

  2. Predator Attraction: Handling or disturbing a fawn can leave behind human scent, potentially attracting predators such as coyotes or dogs. Inadvertently leading predators to the fawn's location can have tragic consequences.

  3. Stress and Injury: Fawns are extremely sensitive creatures. The stress of human handling or relocation can cause them to become ill or injured. Additionally, inexperienced individuals may inadvertently mishandle the fawn, leading to physical harm.

  4. Legal Implications: In many areas, it is illegal to possess or interfere with wildlife, including fawns. Attempting to care for a fawn without proper permits and expertise can result in legal repercussions.


So, what should you do if you encounter a fawn during your outdoor adventures? The best course of action is often no action at all. Here are some guidelines to follow:


  • Observe from a Distance: If you spot a fawn, admire it from afar. Use binoculars or a zoom lens to appreciate its beauty without getting too close.

  • Leave it Be: Resist the urge to touch or move the fawn. Remember, its mother is likely nearby and will return to care for it once you leave the area.

  • Keep Pets on Leash: If you're walking your dog, keep them on a leash to prevent them from approaching the fawn.

  • Educate Others: Spread awareness about fawn season and the importance of leaving wildlife undisturbed during this critical time.


By respecting nature and understanding the delicate balance of ecosystems, we can all play a role in ensuring the safety and well-being of wildlife in our community. Let's cherish these fleeting moments of spring without disrupting the natural order of things.


Sincerely,

Mary

 

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