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Finding a Fawn

What do you do if you find a fawn?


First, at a distance that will not frighten the fawn, look for ticks and infection on the fawn’s eyes and ears and any serious injury.  If you see a large number of ticks and any infection (oozing) from a wound or around the eyes, or any serious injury, then the fawn needs human intervention, even if it is not an orphan.

The best way to ensure that you will be successful in capturing a fawn is to gather as many people as possible, slowly surround the fawn, and loosely wrap a sheet around the entire body.  Place the fawn in a quiet and dimly lit area that cannot escape from, and slowly remove the sheet.  Once the fawn calms down, you can offer water in a non-tippable container and dandelion greens.  Call a rehabilitator as soon as possible.

If the fawn looks healthy, stand back and look around for any adult deer that may be the mother (The mother will be in near vicinity of the fawn)  If you see an adult, and the fawn looks healthy, leave the area and go back a couple of hours later to see if the fawn is in the same spot.  If it is, call a rehabilitator for further instructions.

If a fawn comes up to you crying and acting hungry, you should contain it and call a rehabilitator as soon as possible.  You can offer it water in a non-tippable bowl container and dandelion greens.  Do not give the fawn any cow’s milk, but you can offer goat’s milk only if the fawn does not drink water.  Wait for further instructions from a rehabilitator before doing anything more.

Always use caution when handling wild animals, being especially careful not to get bitten or come in contact with the animal’s saliva.