Vermont Fish & Wildlife reminds people to leave fawns alone

May 15, 2019 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding people to leave fawns alone, even those that appear to be abandoned because the mother usually isn’t far away.

Vermont Deer Biologist Nick Fortin says most fawns are born in late May and the first and second weeks of June.

When people see a fawn alone, they often mistakenly assume it is helpless, lost or needs to be rescued.

During their first few weeks of life, the young deer do not attempt to evade predators. Instead, they rely on camouflage and stillness to remain undetected.

Bringing a fawn into a human environment separates it from its mother, and it usually results in a sad ending for the animal.