Newborn deer fawns in the wild are a precious sight. Just donâ€™t get too close or a mother deer attack could ruin your RV trip. Here’s how to keep you and your pets out of harms way.
That Adorable Deer Fawn is Not Abandoned
Keep moving, there’s nothing to see here.
Deer fawns look so small and fragile. They are born in spring, which is when you are most likely to see one up close. Oftentimes you’ll see a baby deer curled up in a ball without a mother deer in sight. If you see a fawn all alone like this, donâ€™t assume the mother rejected her offspring. Chances are, there is a doe hiding in the woods and she’s watching every move you make. Get too close and you are asking for a deer attack on you, or even your dog.
Deer attacks on humans are quite rare, but these docile looking creatures wonâ€™t hesitate to pull out all the stops to defend their young from intruders. Does are extremely protective during fawn season, which occurs between late April and July in North America.
When Deer Attack, There’s a Good Reason For It
Although deer mothers leave their fawns alone in the woods, they are not abandoning their offspring. Instead, the mother is using her instincts to protect her fawn from predators by â€œhidingâ€� it. Then she waits nearby, watching until nobody is around. Occasionally she returns to feed or relocate the infant to another safe spot.
She looks docile, but stay away.
But if a camper or domestic animal gets too close to the fawn, a mother deerâ€™s behavior can be unpredictable. Domestic pets, especially dogs, are often the victims of deer attacks as shown in the video below. The result can be fatal. Many campgrounds with heavy newborn fawn populations during spring, implement rules prohibiting
René M. Agredano