WOODS CROSS – Finding a deer fawn, or deer in general, in the Bountiful area hasn’t been uncommon in recent years.
However, members from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources say that deer fawn, if found, should be left alone.
Regional conservation outreach manager Ron Stewart said the agency receives many phone calls about them. Most deer fawn that look as if they have been left behind actually aren’t, as the baby is usually left behind as a strategy.
“While we appreciate and share the caller’s concern, the best thing to do with a newly born deer or elk is to leave it right where you found it,” he said in a press release.
Fawn can typically walk almost as soon as they’re born, however, coordination and the inability to face predators forces the fawn to protect itself in other ways. Fawn are also ‘born scentless, and predators can’t smell them,” said Stewart.
Also, a deer’s predators are only able to see black and white. A fawn’s color, combined with its spots, make for perfect camouflage.
“If (the mother) senses danger, such as a human, she will leave the area in hopes of luring the ‘predator’ away from her fawn,” said Stewart. “The worst thing a person can do if they see one is either picking it up or get close to it. Doing so will leave a scent, which can be used by predators.”
You can get more tips about living with wildlife at the Wild Aware Utah website, wildawareutah.org.