If a fawn is obviously ill, lying on its side, kicking, crying – pick it up and place it in a quiet place. A light cloth placed over the animal’s head will sometimes calm it. Keep it away from pets and all human activity. Petting the fawn, talking to it, holding it, does not comfort it. This is a wild animal. Human voices, odor and touch only add to the stress and will cause additional harm besides the illness or injury. When a fawn seems calm it may be in shock. If the weather is cold, a blanket may be placed over its body to keep it from becoming chilled. In hot weather a cool location, out of drafts, is all that is needed. DO NOT FEED THE FAWN ANYTHING other than water. Baby formula, cow’s milk, feed store mixes, pet store domestic animal formulas, soy products – will cause scouring, dehydration and death. Outside of Sonoma County, please CALL YOUR WILDLIFE CENTER at once for help.
If an uninjured fawn is seen on the road or beside the road, DO NOT PUT IT IN YOUR CAR. Place it off the road about 20 feet and leave the area. The fawn would not be there if the doe were not nearby. You will not see her. She will return for the fawn as soon as the human disturbance is gone. A doe WILL accept it even though it has been touched by humans, but she cannot retrieve her fawn if you linger in the area.
If a fawn is seen lying upright, eyes wide open, but flattened to the ground, do not touch it. This is a fawn’s camouflage position. It blends with its surroundings. When it is picked up it will hold its legs tight against its body with its head forward. Its legs are not broken. Sometimes the fawn allows its body to become limp and dangle in your hands. Put it down, walk away and leave it alone. This fawn is too small to follow the doe for the long distance she must travel to find enough food to make milk for her baby. The milk is very rich and will sustain the fawn for the many hours it spends alone. The doe will return only when there are no humans nearby. Do not sit and wait for her to return. If you have removed the fawn from its resting spot take it back at once and walk away. The doe will be searching for her fawn, she will accept it and care for it much better than any human can. Humans cannot teach the fawn the skills it will need to survive in the wild. Humans do not have the correct diet to properly nourish a wild animal. LEAVE IT ALONE. Allow it to retain its wildness and natural fear of humans. This is the greatest gift we can give it. Wild animals do not make good pets. They are genetically programmed to be wild. As they mature they become dangerous and can inflict serious injuries on humans.
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