Fawns

Normal Behaviour:

  • Fawns are born without scent. The doe will stay away from her fawn so she does not attract a predator with her scent.
  • A Fawn’s defence strategy is to lie very still for long periods while waiting for the return of their mothers. Their spots offer it great camouflage while hiding in the woods.
  • Does often visit only a few times a day to nurse but, are often watching from a distance.
  • Fawns look healthy with clear eyes.

Healthy fawn photo courtesy Moose Mountain R & R.

Signs of Distress

  • Doe is known to be dead for example: A fawn is found next to a dead doe on the highway.
  • Fawn has obvious signs of injuries – bleeding, broken limbs, flies and maggots.
  • The fawn has been chased or attacked by domestic animals.
  • The fawn has not moved in over 24 hours.
  • The fawn cries for over an hour and no doe responds – make sure you are not standing too close and preventing the doe from returning!

If you see any of these signs, call the WRSOS Hotline 306.242.7177 for advice. Due to Chronic Wasting Disease, fawns are not supposed to be moved out of the zones they are found in. This is to prevent the disease from being transferred around the province.

How Can You Help?

  • Keep pets on a leash during baby season.
  • Unless positive an animal is in distress, always take the time to observe them before removing them from the wild.
  • If a fawn has been removed, a surrogate doe can sometimes be found if an attempt is made within a reasonable amount of time and the fawn has not bonded to people yet. For more information, call the hotline at 306.242.7177.
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