Please Don't Disturb Fawns in the Wild

Leave fawns alone. That's the word from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

According to officials, in May and June, people might see fawns left alone and assume they have been abandoned by the doe. But usually that's not the case. Female whitetail deer will hide their fawn in vegetation during the first few weeks of their offspring's life.

You may think a fawn is helpless but that's not really the case. By the time they are five days old, they can already outrun a human and at three to six weeks of age they can escape most predators. It's always best to leave a fawn alone unless in imminent danger, like being attacked by a dog or injured.