White-tailed deer fawns are often mistaken for being abandoned, because they are frequently seen without their mothers. However, mothers leave the babies in a safe location while they forage, and return periodically to nurse them. A fawn left alone is not automatically a cause for concern! If a fawn is vocalizing consistently for several hours without a mother returning, has large quantities of flies or ticks on it, or has been seen without an adult deer for more than 48 hours, please call RWS for more advice on the situation. If a fawn has any obvious injuries such as bruising, blood, or broken bones, contact RWS immediately. Never offer a fawn any food or water, and do not handle unless instructed by a rehabber.
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