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New Jersey wildlife officials: Leave fawns, other young wildlife alone

Well-intentioned people may attempt to "save" these animals while most often the mother is nearby

NEW JERSEYNew Jersey Fish and Wildlife officials are urging people to leave fawns and other young wildlife undisturbed.

In the spring and summer months, people may find what appears to be sick, injured or orphaned wildlife and every year the lives of many young animals are disrupted. Well-intentioned people may attempt to “save” these animals while most often the mother is nearby, officials said.

If you find a young fawn laying alone, leave it there, it is not abandoned. Fawns that are not strong enough on their legs to keep up with the adults are left alone while the adult deer spend much of the day feeding and exploring. The mother comes back several times each day to nurse the fawn, officials said.

If you’ve already picked the fawn up and brought it home – put it back. Even one or two days after removal from the wild, fawns can reunite with their mothers by returning them to where they were found. Usually young fawns are quite safe because their color pattern and lack of scent help them to remain hidden until their mother’s return, officials said. 

“Please remember that it is illegal to attempt to keep wild animals as pets in New Jersey,” officials said.

For more information on what to do if you find young wildlife, click here and for a list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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