Nature Matters: Signs that a fawn needs human help

By KBJR News 1

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)

Despite the hard winter that put a hard hit on the deer population, there are signs the species will survive.
Little fawns on wobbly legs are hobbling all over the region.

"These are the weeks when they're being born and people find the fawns on the ground and they become worried." said Nancy Wolfe of Wildwoods.

Worried that a fawn has been abandoned. But, most of the time, that's where the mother purposely left it.

"Most people when they come across a fawn find them when they're curled up in a little ball in their backyard under a bush or in the garden and that's a normal position for the fawns to be in" said Sarah Glesner of Wildwoods.

The folks at Wildwoods, a licensed animal rehab center near Duluth, say to forget the old notion that a mother won't want her baby back after interaction with a person.

"That's not true for anything. Every mother wants to take care of her young." said Peggy Farr of Wildwoods.

The Wildwoods staff feels that people are getting the message.
Of the 80 to 100 fawn calls to Wildwoods this year, nine have truly needed help.
That's a big reduction in false calls over previous years.
There are signs that a young deer really needs assistance.

"If it has been four to six hours and you've been observing the fawn in the distance and the mom has not returned and no adult deer has been seen, that would be the time to call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator." said Glesner.

Sarah Glesner of Wildwoods wants people to remember that licensed rehabilitators will care for any animal, small or large.

"Any species in distress: mouse, squirrel, deer; they can handle all of them." said Glesner.

In Duluth for Nature Matters, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

The fawns brought to Wildwoods Rehab this spring will be cared for until the fall and then released as a herd in the Aitkin area.