Thursday, July 3, 2014


JACKSON – With the official start of summer, white-tailed deer fawns begin to appear in Mississippi. The
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants to remind people to LEAVE FAWNS ALONE. Many Mississippians will be lucky enough to come across a newborn fawn this summer. However, well-meaning people think the fawn has been abandoned or is sick, and want to take the fawn home to care for it. “We tell people the same thing every year – please LEAVE FAWNS ALONE,” said MDWFP Deer Program Leader Lann Wilf.

Mississippi law prohibits the capture, possession, or caging of any wild animal including white-tail fawns.
Early in life, it is normal for fawns to be alone for most of the day. Does take great care of their fawns and purposefully leave them bedded and hidden, returning several times a day to nurse them. In just a matter of weeks, the fawns will be up following her and able to out-run predators.

Following a gestation period of approximately six and a half months, most fawning dates in the Magnolia State occur from June through August. “Following deer breeding trends in Mississippi, the earliest fawns will be born in the northwest portion of the state, and the latest fawns will be born in the southeastern portions of the state,” Wilf said. Please remember, if you encounter a fawn, do not pick it up…LEAVE FAWNS ALONE.

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