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Animal Care and Control releases guidelines for fawn encounters

Animal Shelter Logo FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2013

For more information, please contact:
Laurie Ringquist, Director, City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control, 349.3870, ringquil@bloomington.in.gov


City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control releases guidelines for fawn encounters

Bloomington, Ind. - It's the time of year when fawns are being born. It's also the time of year when concerned residents call animal and wildlife agencies about lone fawns they find in woods and backyards, assuming these fawns have been orphaned.

When a fawn isn't feeding, the doe will seek out a quiet spot to hide her young to avoid attracting predators. While homeowners and renters may not think their yards are an ideal spot, it looks so to the doe in the early morning hours. During the day, the doe is usually nearby, aware and attentive. If you find a fawn like this, leave the fawn alone. A concerned and anxious mother is nearby and will take care of the fawn once you leave.

The following pointers can help determine whether a fawn needs assistance:

To ensure the safety of humans and deer, anyone who encounters a lone fawn should keep the following information in mind:

Please be aware that WildCare is not able to take in orphaned or injured fawns this season due to financial constraints and the need to rebuild their fawn enclosure. There are no other rehabilitators serving this area. The only option for orphaned or injured fawns is for the City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control to humanely euthanize them. If you are uncertain about a fawn and whether it needs assistance, please leave it alone and contact Animal Care and Control to discuss the situation.

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