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THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013, 7:42 A.M.

Photographer captures doe, fawn at bath time

A whitetail doe grooms her new fawn. (Jaime Johnson)
A whitetail doe grooms her new fawn. (Jaime Johnson)

WILDLIFE -- Fawns are all over the landscape, and does are as careful to keep them groomed as any other mom.

Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson caught this pair at bath time.

Remember, if you see a fawn along, leave it be, wildlife biologists say.   A doe can leave its fawn for as much as 8 hours between feedings during the day. They don't do this to be cruel, but rather to protect the fawn from predators. The doe won't return if it senses danger will follow her to the fawn.

Even the Washington State University Veterinary College recommends leaving seemingly abandoned fawns in the wild.  Read the school's recommendation.

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Rich Landers
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