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How to Identify Orphaned Deer

Fawns are often left alone during the day and mothers return to feed their young at dusk and dawn. A fawn should be left where he/she is found (unless injured) and you can check the site again within 24 to 48 hours. If the fawn is gone, the mother has returned and moved the fawn. If the fawn remains in the exact same spot for more than 24 to 48 hours, or if the mother is known to be dead (i.e. the young deer is seen near the body of a nursing female), the fawn should be taken to your local Ontario SPCA Branch, affiliated Humane Society or a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Note: Whenever young mammals are found, an attempt should be made to reunite them with their parent(s). Parents provide the best care for young wildlife. When young are inadvertently removed from their parents, it decreases the likelihood that they will survive, even with expert human care. Different species of mammals have different development phases and types of parental care, therefore it is important to know some specific information about a species prior to determining if an animal has been orphaned.

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