WETMORE — For a time earlier this year, it seemed like Colorado Parks and Wildlife, across the state and specifically in Southern Colorado, was receiving an "orphaned" fawn every other day.
The young deer were often brought in by misguided folks who thought they were helping the yearling deer, but in fact were orphaning them.
Mother deer will often place their young in an area with cover while they go to feed. Although it may appear the fawns have been abandoned, the mother is almost always nearby or will return the same day.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently provided an update on the fawns that are rehabbing at the Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Wetmore.
The 11 orphaned deer fawns at Tom and Cec Sanders' nonprofit Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Wetmore are getting strong and are showing off their speed. Luckily, there haven't been many bears orphaned this summer so the Sanders' can concentrate on the fawns. pic.twitter.com/1wqSPLDJfm— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) August 30, 2019
Surrogate parents Tom and Cec Sanders are currently caring for 11 orphaned fawns and a number of other animals.
According to CPW, the 11 fawns are growing and exploring the acreage around their pasture. Tom and Cec report the young deer are getting strong and showing off their speed. Luckily, there haven't been many bears orphaned this summer, so Tom and Cec can focus on the fawns.
In addition to the numerous deer the Sanders are caring for, they are also rehabbing several bobcat kittens and a rather large tortoise.
While it has been a quite summer for bears at Tom and Cec Sanders at their nonprofit Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Wetmore, it's been busy for bobcats. These three came from Pueblo West and will be raised until they can be released. pic.twitter.com/zbED6qF8pR— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) August 30, 2019
Not all of Tom and Cec Sanders' #wildlife #rescues at Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Wetmore are bears, deer, mountain lions and bobcats. This tortoise showed up a week ago in a neighbor's yard. It weighs at least 40 pounds. They are searching for a home for the reptile. pic.twitter.com/YOIe8nOoke— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) August 30, 2019
One last reminder, leave baby wildlife alone!