For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Jeffrey Raddatz
Direct: (414) 431-6121
Out for Deer!
WI. – Right now it is peak time for
deer to give birth to new fawns. This means two
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 roadway include:
• 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
• 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 Jeffrey
Raddatz at (414) 431-6121.