COLORADO SPRINGS – It just keeps happening.
Today, the Southeast Region Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Colorado Springs received another fawn brought in by misguided citizens who thought they were helping the animal.
The CPW office said this is the 9th fawn they have received in 11 days. The office said that almost all of the fawns have been perfectly healthy and should have never been touched.
According to CPW, this 9th fawn is far too attached to humans and will have to be sent to a rehab facility in Wetmore.
Watch as @COParksWildlife ‘s Robin Smith moves fawn into travel crate for trip to rehab. This 9th fawn in 11 days brought in to #ColoradoSprings office. Most were perfectly healthy and should never have been touched. #LeaveBabyWildlifeAlone pic.twitter.com/rLbw3B7eb2
— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) June 22, 2018
For a number of reasons, deer mothers will “place” their fawns in a spot and the young deer will not move for almost any reason. This act of staying still and hiding is really the only defense these fawns have.
If you see a bedded fawn, the mother is almost certainly nearby or will return shortly. DO NOT ever attempt to approach or move a bedded fawn unless it is very clearly injured. In that case call your nearest CPW office. When these young animals become habituated to humans, the only option wildlife agencies have is to send them to a rehab facility.
Remember, leave baby wildlife alone!