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Mule Deer Fawns are hitting the ground, if you find one let it be!

May 29, 2013 - 10:01am -- idfg-cclass

Mule deer fawns are being born across Idaho from this week through the middle of June.  A majority of the fawns will be born sometime around June 10th.  So what does this mean?  Well, if you encounter a mule deer fawn, chances are it will be alone and appear abandoned.  This is not the case!  Mom intentionally leaves the fawns alone to remain still and reduce scent to the area, a predator avoidance strategy.  So if you happen upon a mule deer fawn that appears helpless and abandoned, leave it alone, it is the fawns best chance for survival.  Fawns turned in by people typically die in rehabilitation efforts, or become too habituated to humans to be released into the wild. 

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