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Don't Worry About Young Deer, Ridgefield Police Say

Unless obviously ill, injured, or in danger, fawns should never be touched or moved from their hiding spots, say wildlife experts.
Unless obviously ill, injured, or in danger, fawns should never be touched or moved from their hiding spots, say wildlife experts. Photo Credit: aces.edu

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Baby deer found lying in the grass may appear to be left all alone to fend for themselves, but Ridgefield authorities are reminding residents this is rarely the case.

Fawns are frequently hidden and left alone for hours while their mothers forage for food. During the long periods left alone, newborn fawns instinctively freeze and will lay motionless when approached.

CT DEEP advises residents to leave unattended fawns alone for 48 hours to determine whether the mother is returning for feedings.

A truly orphaned fawn may show signs of distress by walking around aimlessly and calling out for several hours, officials said.

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