Leave Those Fawns Alone

The Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources are reminding people who find fawns and other baby animals "orphaned’ in the woods in the next few weeks to leave them alone.

Deer across the Northland will start to have their fawns in coming days and while they may appear to be abandoned, the doe is probably close by, feeding or hiding. If you see or suspect the mother has been killed, contact your local DNR wildlife office or conservation officer. Otherwise, leave the baby alone and move away as quickly as possible.

The Brule River State Forest office notes that trying to feed fawns from a bottle can prove fatal to the deer. Cow milk can upset the digestive system of a fawn, sometimes causing diarrhea which can dehydrate the fawn to the point that they can’t be saved.