Friday, May 21, 2010
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
(414) 431-6104 email@example.com
Watch Out for Deer!
Milwaukee, WI — Right now, white-tailed deer are giving birth to new fawns, which means people will start to encounter young fawns in parks, yards and even on the roads. The Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center receives many calls from people who have found a fawn and think that she 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, she will accompany her mother full-time.
In addition, 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.
Spring tips to protect deer and keep your family safe on the roadway:
- 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) 431-6204.
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For media inquiries, contact Angela Speed at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 431-6104.