FAWN RESCUE UPDATE for the past week: 2017.6.19
Last week was hot! So to beat the heat, my husband, Troy, and I headed to the Laguna early to take our walk. As we walked along the path, Troy spotted a pair of ears bouncing through the high grass. Sure enough, it was a doe with a fawn hopping along right behind her. The doe headed across the field and when she came to the barbed wire fence, just bounced right over it. But the fawn stopped. He turned and ran along the fence, ears bobbing, looking for a way through. For a few tense moments, I thought, "Am I going to have to call Matt?"
We waited for a few minutes, straining to see the pair through the high grass and bushes, hoping that Mom would show Junior a way through. After what seemed like a long time, but wasn't more than ten or fifteen minutes, we spotted them again, reunited on the far side of the fence.
Relieved, we continued our walk, but it made me think about Matt, our Wildlife Coordinator, and how many times he gets a call just like that one. Last week he reported 100 phone calls and quite a few field trips. Most of the calls are from people like me, concerned that a fawn may not be able to keep up with the doe, or that it might get trapped behind a fence and separated from the doe.
This time of year, the fawns are becoming more independent, they are learning to eat their natural foods and being weaned from doe's milk. They spend lots of time exploring and learning. Sometimes they do get separated from the doe, luckily, they can handle being on their own for a while; until Mom tracks them down.
Each call is unique. Matt evaluates the situation and makes a field trip if needed. Many times, he can talk to people over the phone and let them know that what would be a problem for a human child, is a natural behavior in deer. It's always appreciated when people check in with us, just to make sure that a fawn is not in trouble. That's why were
FAWN RESCUE'S UPDATE for the past week: 2017. 6.1-6.5
"June is upon us and the fawns are starting to feel their oats! They are no longer helpless, four pound new borns, they are curious youngsters learning to navigate a complicated world. And like most young animals they often get in over their heads, sometimes literally.
Last week, Matt got called out to Sonoma and found twin fawns running around on the bottom of a dry, concrete containment pond. The doe was nearby and the fawns were not in distress, they just couldn’t make the five foot jump up to the lip of the concrete. So, Matt gamely got down into the pond to help. One fawn was somewhat amenable to help and Matt soon had him out, but the other one was on high alert to this potential predator and refused to be approached. Finally, perhaps with the extra motivation of avoiding capture, the little deer made a beautiful leap and landed safely on the bank. The last Matt saw of the twins was as they scampered back to the doe and disappeared into the thick brush.
On a different day, Matt got a call from a golfer at the Bennett Valley Golf Course. There was a fawn in a sand trap on the 14th hole. It didn’t seem to be able to scramble out and people were playing through, which kept the doe from approaching. Luckily, when Matt arrived he found the fawn in good condition and the doe nearby. He gave the fawn a boost out of the trap and watched as it found it’s mother.
Just another day for our Fawn Rescue Wildlife Coordinator, but an experience to remember for three curious fawns.
Keep in mind, if you happen to encounter a trapped fawn, it will be frightened and react unpredictably. Fawns regard humans as predators and touching them traumatizes them. Please call Fawn Rescue for advice and assistance."
AN UPDATE FROM OUR PRESIDENT, CAROL STENLUND MAY 24, 2017
"Last week the phone calls came pouring in! Matt had 100 phone calls in six days! Most of the callers just needed advice on whether a fawn was in distress or was just waiting for its mom to return. Those calls are wonderful, it’s great when people are thoughtful and reach out for information before taking action.
Of course, Matt also had several field trips to help fawns in distress. One unique situation this week was a fawn who was hiding near a sports field. When the football team started practice, the fawn got spooked and couldn’t find a way through all the people. The coach called Fawn Rescue and Matt went out to see if he could reunite the fawn and doe. Luckily, Matt spotted the doe keeping her distance from the humans, but waiting anxiously for her fawn. Matt was able to keep an eye on the baby while the people were around, then the coach and Matt stayed after the practice and made sure the fawn found its mom. Happy endings like that make it all worth while."
MAY 16, 2017
May was a busy month for Fawn Rescue! Matt has been all over the County from Cloverdale to Petaluma and everywhere in between. There have been lots of calls for advice from the public concerned about fawns left alone by their moms. Matt has gone out on many calls to check the health of the little creatures and reassure the worried humans that the moms will return shortly.
Matt also was able to reunite two fawns with their mothers which is so satisfying! Does are often nearby when people are around, waiting cautiously for a chance to reunite with their fawns. Sometimes Matt just has to move the people away and let the doe call the fawn. It’s a heartwarming sight to see a doe emerge from the brush to reclaim her baby.
Last week Matt helped a homeowner who found a fawn that had fallen down a steep hillside into the homeowner’s backyard. The homeowner called the Cloverdale Fire Department and the Fire Department called Fawn Rescue to check out the fawn and make sure it was O.K. After Matt determined the fawn was unhurt, a Firefighter was able to hike up the hill with the fawn and release it near it’s mom who was watching the operation from a safe distance.
Hard to believe, but our first wave of fawns are already in the satellite locations! Fawns grow fast and they need space to maintain their wild nature. They stay in the satellites in groups of three or four with minimal human contact until they are ready to be released. Sad as it is to let them go, we know that the forest is their natural home and the right place for them.