For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Out for Deer!
– Right now it is peak time for deer to
give birth to new fawns. This means two things:
1. People will
start to encounter young deer fawns in parks, yards
and even on the roads. The Wisconsin Humane Society's
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is receiving many
calls from people who have found a fawn and think
that it is orphaned. Usually the fawn is not orphaned!
The mother deer “hides” her fawn, sometimes in a
very unlikely place, like someone's backyard; when
the fawn is older and stronger, it will accompany
its mother full-time.
2. Yearling deer,
driven away by their mother as she prepares to give
birth to a new fawn or fawns (two is usual), are
often seen running amok in suburban and even urban
areas. These yearlings are often very frightened
and confused and are highly prone to injury or even
death; especially on roadways.
Tips to avoid
orphaning or injuring deer and staying safe on the
Slow down whenever you see deer
near roadways – they are very unpredictable.
Watch for more than one deer. A
doe may be trailed by her fawn, or two yearlings
may be travelling together.
Avoid frightening deer. Yearlings
in neighborhoods are often very frightened and unpredictable.
Loud noises or chasing them may cause them to run
into traffic or even jump through a window! Deer
in neighborhoods will usually find their way out
of difficulty if left undisturbed overnight.
If you have questions about a fawn you believe is
orphaned or other deer in Milwaukee County that
seem to be in distress, call the Wisconsin Humane
Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at (414)
a time to talk with Scott Diehl, the Wisconsin Humane
Society's Wildlife manager, please call Michelle
Pintar at (414) 431-6104.