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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What to do if you find a baby deer | Campbell County Animal Control

By Terri Baker, Campbell County Animal Control
Picture: Karen Bailey 

Baby Deer Season is here.

It's important to remember that deer (like rabbits) do not stay with their young, but leave them and only briefly visit to nurse them. The babies have no smell and are too small to keep up with their mom. So, the mother leaves them to protect them from predators.

Many concerned finders incorrectly assume that the fawn is an orphan.

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It's estimated that up to 75% of fawns that come into rehab have been accidentally kidnapped. Time and resources are limited for wildlife rehab. Most get no funding, so it's important that we provide care only to those animals that really need it. Also, as hard as we try, we are still poor surrogates for the real mom.

So if you see a fawn quietly resting, please leave it alone. The mother is nearby. A fawn that needs to be admitted will be in distress: crying, chasing after humans or other animals or visible injuries. Please contact Animal Control if you are unsure if a baby needs help and for local rehab information.

The dispatch number to reach me is 859-292-3622.

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