Posts tagged: fawns
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson caught this image of a whitetail fawn over the weekend. Check out the eyelashes…. and the whiskers! They grow up fast.
When a fawn is born it is odorless so that predators are not attracted to its location. Oftent, the mother doe will stay away from the fawn for a few days so that her scent does not rub off on the fawn or attract predators to the area where the fawn is hiding while gaining strength. When a fawn detects danger it will remain perfectly still.
Fawns that live past the first week have a good chance of surviving to adulthood.
WILDLIFE — “I found this fawn all by itself and want to know what to do with it?”
It happens every spring and the calls are coming in to Washington Fish and Wildlife Department offices fast and furious this week, says Madonna Luers, department spokeswoman in Spokane.
“Please help us convey the usual messages about leaving baby wildlife, including fawns, in the wild where they belong because their mothers will be looking for them where they left them,” she said.
Does might leave their faws eight hours or more between feedings.
Some fawns already have been picked up and deposited with wildlife rehabbers, including Otis Orchards veterinarian Jerry Ponti, who tends to end up with a small “herd” each year. Even rehabilitated fawns have reduced chances of surviving well after being reintroduced to the wild.
The photo is from the WDFW online Image Gallery submitted by Laura Rogers, who made the shot a couple years ago at this time north of Colville. She calls it “I’m Not An Orphan!”
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.
WIlDLIFE WATCHING — Rich and Faye Krenkel don't have to tell you why they live off the beaten path in the foothills of Mount Spokane.
This photo gives you a hint. Here's Rich's observation from inside his house:
Mom was real nervous out in the field; I couldn’t figure out why. She walked towards us and was just about to the fence under our (living room) window when the fawn stood up and we saw it.
It was one happy, hungry fawn. It’s tail was going a mile a minute.
WILDLIFE — Trail cams offer maybe too much reality for some people who think all is peaceful among wildlife in the woods.
This series of trail cam photos documents the short amount of time between cute and dinner.
WILDLIFE — The great outdoors is a giant nursery this month as critters large and small are hatching, birthing and raising their young.
Wildlife agencies in Washington, Idaho and Montana have been issuing reminders that in virtually all cases, its best to leave young wildlife alone if you stumble upon them even if they appear sick or in need of help.
First, facilities to take care of orphaned wildlife are limited and few survive reintroduction to the wild.
Just as important, what appears to be an orphaned animal usually is not. It’s natural for adult deer and elk to leave their young alone for extended periods of time while they are searching for food.
“Young animals picked up by people are often abandoned by adult animals once human scent is transferred to them,” according to the Montana Fish, Widlife and Parks website.
Leaving animals alone is the best way to ensure that young wildlife is raised as nature intended—in the wild. So just remember the mantra of wildlife experts: “If you care, leave them there.”
WILDLIFE —This young fawn was photographed on the tailing piles at Holden Village above Lake Chelan, Wash. The pine tree was planted to stop chemicals from leaching out of the piles. The Holden Mine was once profitable copper, gold and zinc mine located 10 miles up Railroad Creek on the south shore of Lake Chelan, Wash.
YOUNG WILDLIFE — Does have been dropping fawns throughout the region. Unfortunately, people are picking some of them up.
The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council reports that several people already have called the office asking what they should do with the fawns they found alone in the wild.
The answer in almost all cases: “Leave them in the wild. Don't touch them.”
An exception might be when you see fawns with a doe that's been killed in a vehicle collision, said Idaho Fish and Game Department spokesman Phil Cooper.
“In nearly all other cases, the adult female is nearby, watching and waiting to move her offspring to a more secluded place once she is aware the newborn has been found,” he said. “With very few exceptions, wild animal mothers do not aggressively defend their young from being picked up by people.”
Volunteer wildlife rehabilitators can attempt to raise the animal and place it back in the wild, but this option often fails.
“If you come across a young fawn lying in tall grass, take a wide berth,” Cooper said. “Stopping for a moment to take a few photos is fine, but do not pick up the fawn. The doe that produced the fawn left it in the tall grass alone as a strategy to protect it from predators. If the doe stayed with the fawn, her visibility and scent would quickly let predators know where the fawn is. If the doe is spotted and chased by predators, the young fawn would not be able to keep up and would likely become food for the predator.
“Fawns that are picked up and taken from the wild can be returned to the wild provided the return takes place within a few hours. If this is done and the doe is still in the area, she will return to the fawn and move it to a safer place. She will not abandon the fawn due to human scent, something that is a common misperception.”