Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Monday, June 24, 2013
Leave Fawns Alone
JACKSON- With the official start of summer, white-tailed deer fawns begin to appear in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks wants to remind people to leave fawns alone. Many Mississippians may be lucky enough to come across a newborn fawn this summer. Often, those same well-meaning people think the fawn has been abandoned and want to take the fawn home to care for it. "We tell people the same thing every year - leave fawns alone," said Deer Program Biologist Justin Thayer.
Mississippi law prohibits the capture, possession, or caging of any wild animal, including white-tailed deer fawns. Early in life, fawns are supposed to be alone for most of the day. The doe takes great care of her fawns and purposefully leaves them bedded and hidden, returning several times a day to nurse them. In just a few weeks after birth, fawns follow the doe and are able to escape predators.
Gestation length for white-tailed deer is approximately 200 days, which means most fawning in the Magnolia State occurs June through August. "Following deer breeding trends in Mississippi, the earliest fawns will appear in the northwest portion of the state and the latest in the far southeast reaches of the coastal plains," Thayer said. Remember - if you encounter a fawn, do not pick it up … leave it alone!
For more information regarding deer or deer hunting opportunities in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/deer or call us at (601) 432-2199.
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