Jun 18, 2016 10:38 AM

Wildlife officials: Leave fawns alone, don't take them in

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire wildlife officials say if you see a fawn alone in the coming weeks, keep your distance.

Deer will start giving birth around the state in the next few weeks. Each spring, many residents see fawns by themselves and worry if they are abandoned. Authorities say in most cases, the answer is no.

They say adult deer can be easily detected by predators due to their scent and large size. Because of this, does will spend long periods of time away from their fawns to disassociate their scent from the fawn and keep them safe from predators.

Authorities say for the first month of life, the doe will only visit the fawn a few times a day to nurse quickly before leaving again, although usually not going too far.

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