Definitely do not touch it or move it, because your scent will scare off the fawn’s mother, which may be hiding nearby or out looking for food. Nearly all fawns people think are abandoned are actually not abandoned. Such fawns have been found by well-meaning people in Shelton, and attempting to help them usually results in their permanent separation from their mother doe.

Fawns are born from late May through June. Often, deer give birth in the middle of the night and leave the fawn during the day, particularly if people are around. The fawn’s camouflage helps protect it from predators. The doe will return to the fawn after dark, though it may take the doe as long as 24 hours until it feels safe to do so. For the first five days after birth, fawns will not run when approached. Instead they will lie still. From the seventh day on, they will exhibit flight behavior, but will not venture out to browse with the mother until they are a month old.

If there is a dead doe nearby, the fawn may be orphaned. Call the DEP at 860-424-3011 or Wildlife in Crisis at 203-544-9913.