Definitely do not touch it or move it as your scent will scare off the mother, who may be hiding nearby. Nearly all “abandoned” fawns are truly not abandoned. Keep yourself and your pets far away.

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. Often does will not return to their fawns until after dark. It may take a good 24 hours for a doe to feel safe enough to return to her fawn. For the first five days after they are born, fawns will not run when approached, instead lying still. From the seventh day on, they exhibit flight behavior, but will not venture out to browse with their mothers until they are a month old.

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