Springtime is baby season for many animals, including the White-tailed deer. You may be lucky enough to spot a fawn in or around your yard. If you see a fawn all by itself, that is normal. Does will leave their fawn for the majority of the day to prevent attracting predators to their baby. They will come back at dawn and dusk to nurse. If you see a fawn resting on the ground, please leave it alone.
The only time you should intervene is if:
- The fawn is crying out and wandering around—that indicates that the fawn is hungry and orphaned,
- The fawn is clearly injured—there are visible wounds or the fawn is bleeding,
- Or you know for a fact that the fawn’s mother is deceased.
If any of these statements are true, please contact us at (202) 882-1000 so that we can advise further.
If you have any questions regarding White-tailed deer or fawns, please contact us at (202) 882-1000. If you find an injured deer, please contact your local animal control. DC Animal Care and Control can be reached at (202) 576-6664. City Wildlife is not licensed to rehabilitate deer.