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Quit fawning over fawns and move along

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As newborn deer begin popping up around the area, WildSafe B.C. wants to remind you to keep your distance from them. 

Just because the fawns may be alone, doesn't mean they are in trouble. (After all, if you found a human baby all alone, you wouldn't move it to a new ... wait this is a terrible analogy.) Perhaps it's best left for WildSafe to explain. 

"Scentless and silent, fawns may appear to be orphaned and helpless, but the best thing you can do for a fawn is to leave it alone. As soon as you remove that fawn from the bedding area, you greatly decrease its chance of survival," notes a press release.

It's in the deer's best interests that you stay on the marked trails as you explore the wild over the summer, as to reduce the chances of a fawn encounter. 

It's also important pet owners keep their dogs on a leash during this time (fawning season occurs from May to early July). 

"If the dog comes too close, the doe may become aggressive and attack the dog."

Take Wildsafe B.C.'s word for it: When it comes to matters of the wilderness, its best to doe what they say.

To report a fawn or young animal that appears to have been left alone for an extended period of time, call the B.C. Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

 




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