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Photo courtesy N.H. Fish and Game.

Yesterday, bears. Today, fawns.

The headline of a news release today from the New Hampshire Fish and Game department:

Leave Fawns and other Young Wildlife Alone

According to the release:

Wildlife has begun giving birth around the state, with the majority of deer fawns in New Hampshire being born in May and June. Each spring, many New Hampshire residents see young wildlife by themselves and fear the worst. Has the mother died? Has she abandoned her baby? The answer in most cases is NO. The mother is likely not far off, waiting to return to feed her newborn.


Unfortunately, well-intentioned, but misguided, individuals see young alone, assume they are abandoned, and take them in to “help” them. Most of the time, they are removing the young from the care of its mother, who was waiting to return. The best chance a young wild animal has to survive is in its natural environment under the care of its mother.


If you see a fawn or any other young wildlife and suspect it has been abandoned or orphaned, do not move the animal. Contact N.H. Fish and Game Dispatch at (603) 271-3361, e-mail dispatch@wildlife@nh.gov, or our Wildlife Division at (603) 271-2461, e-mail wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov to make a report. Fish and Game staff can assess the situation and help determine the best course of action. In most cases it is best to leave the young alone and allow time for the mother to return to move it to a different location.