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Leave baby fawns in Kelowna alone, says Conservation Officers

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June 07, 2020 - 5:00 AM

With fawns being born in the City of Kelowna, the Conservation Officer Service is asking residents to leave them alone.

They’re cute, defenceless and may look lonely, but baby deer and other wild animals should not be touched or moved.

"Every year, well-intentioned people try to 'rescue' fawns and other young ungulates mistakenly thought to be orphaned, but these interventions do more harm than good," according to the service in a news release.

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Mother deer, elk and other species may leave their young alone for long periods to avoid attracting predators, and may only return a few times a day to nurse.

"Fawns are small as a cat when born, and their camouflage and lack of scent hide them from potential predators," according to the release, and removing them from rest spots can mean they can become orphans.

If you see a fawn that you think may be orphaned:

• Leave it alone - If the fawn is lying quietly and appears uninjured it is normal for a mother deer to leave her baby alone for long periods of time.
• Remember that the mother deer will be wary of you and is likely watching you, so your presence in the area could discourage her from returning.
• Leave the area and keep pets away from the site. 
• If you think the fawn is not being cared for by its mother, return the next day to check on it.  If it is in the exact same spot and bleating, it may be orphaned.

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If you are concerned that a fawn is injured or orphaned like there is evidence that the parent is dead, contact the Conservation Officer Service through the (RAPP) line at 1-877-952-7277.


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