THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Q - There is a fawn alone in a field/garden/backyard – where is its mom? Is it abandoned?

A mother doe will leave her fawn in what she thinks is a "safe place" while she heads off to find food. The doe will return only a couple times a day to feed her fawn. The fawn will remain in the same place between the feedings so it is very likely that you will continue to see the fawn and not the mother. During the first 2 weeks of life the fawn's only protection is to lie still to hide from predators. If you have found an abandoned fawn, it is best to monitor for up to a day to ensure that it is truly abandoned. If the fawn is in an unsafe location, move it off to the side so it won't be harmed. If the fawn starts to bleat (call out), it has likely been disturbed or is actually abandoned. In this situation, call your local wildlife rehabilitation centre to determine if intervention is necessary.

 

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