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Fawn photo: Big-game birthing season underway

A newborn white-tailed deer rests while its mother prepares to deliver another fawn. Twins are common among whitetails after a mild winter and during good forage conditions. (Jaimie Johnson)
A newborn white-tailed deer rests while its mother prepares to deliver another fawn. Twins are common among whitetails after a mild winter and during good forage conditions. (Jaimie Johnson)

WILDLIFE WATCHING — “This is the first fawn we’ve seen this year – we took a couple quick images and moved on – mom was still working on having another one!” says Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson.

Wildlife officials in Washington, Idaho and Montana all are issuing reminders to leave fawns alone if you find one.  Even though they may seem abandoned, it's normal for whitetail or mule deer does to stash their fawns motionless in a hiding spot for up to 8 hours before returning to feed.




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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