LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas Game and Fish said they have received calls all summer with people concerned about potentially abandoned fawns in their communities.
They said people believe they need to help the fawn and sometimes take them into their homes. That’s why they are urging people to please stop doing this.
Trey Reid, Arkansas Game and Fish’s Assistant Chief of Communications, said ACFC typically gets a lot of calls from the public with people worried about unattended fawns when the mom is nowhere nearby. He said the concern is a recurring problem that happens every year.
“It’s human nature to be compassionate and concerned with what you think is an orphaned animal,” said Reid. “Yet, most of the time the animal is just fine and the mom has gone to feed and get milk to nurse the fawn.”
He said white-tailed deer are very adaptable and resilient. Within two months, a fawn can wander off on its own and take care of itself. He also warns that it’s not just wrong to move a fawn or deer or take them in, it's illegal.
“We discovered chronic wasting disease a year and a half ago in the state and one of the new regulations prevents people from keeping fawns and taking care of them,” said Reid.
While mid-July is considered the tail-end of fawning season, they are still often visible, especially near Two Rivers Park. THV11 even spotted a group of deer and a fawn on Wednesday in a field at the park. Reid said the best thing you can do if you see one, in most all cases, is just let them be.
Reid also added that if you feel that a fawn is in immediate danger by laying in, or very near, a road or in the path of haying equipment, it is okay to pick it up and move it over a few feet. They say to never remove it from the immediate area because the mother will periodically check on her young.