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DEC warns not to disturb fawns

Jun 12, 2023 12:21 am

Liz Montgomery at Porcupine Soup reports that New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorkers that while newborn fawns and other young wildlife wander the area this spring, it is best not to touch or pick them up. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "This is the time of year New Yorkers are more likely to see young or newborn animals in their yards and mistakenly think these animals need help.... The recently fledged birds or baby rabbits in your yard likely have parents hiding nearby keeping an eye on their offspring. Please resist the urge to touch these wild animals and instead enjoy the encounter from a safe distance. Remember―if you care, leave it there." The DEC says, "White-tailed deer fawns are born during late May and early June. Although fawns can walk shortly after birth, they spend most of their first several days lying still in tall grass, leaf litter, or sometimes relatively unconcealed. During this period, a fawn is usually left alone by the adult female (doe), except when nursing. People occasionally find a lone fawn and mistakenly assume it has been abandoned, which is rare. Fawns should be left alone." Read more about this story at Porcupine Soup.

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