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In spring, steer clear of newborn fawns

Fawns are born starting mid-May and peak late-May through early June, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Don’t be surprised if you see a deer fawn on its own – during their first few weeks of life, fawns avoid predators by hiding in thick vegetation or cover, often away from their mothers, for most of each day. Fawns will remain still even as people or predators approach their location.

Please leave fawns be if you encounter them in the wild. While they might appear to be orphans, the mother is likely close by. You can help fawns by keeping dogs leashed as you walk through the woods and avoiding mowing tall vegetation where fawns may be hiding.