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post #1 of 16 Old 06-01-2012, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Found baby deer! Urgent! (And horse update)

Well, to make this horsey and somewhat belong here, All the horses are doing fine, Specs now stands still when I tell him to and we just recently got a PR in barrels with a 18.09 at our local barrel racing club.

I was riding the fourwheeler with my brother in the field when we I saw a baby deer run out from what seemed like under the fourwheeler I was driving. I don't think I ran over it but it was dang close, that lucky deer (considering we were doing at lease 20mph). I could tell it was a young fawn because of the size, scronny, and it had the 'Bambi spots', as my brother called it ;). So my brother ran after it (and it was very fast, so he didn't catch it), and the poor thing finally ran into the grove of trees and hid somewhere in there. After more than an hour of looking under every tree and finally deciding it was in the thicket which will be very impossible to get under, we decided to give up.
I'm so worried though. I feel so bad. I dont' think the mother will find it, because it's at least a half mile from where we first came accross it. I just hope I didn't kill it... Plus it was alone, and I asked my dad when I came back and he said that he saw it earlier today and just thought it was away from its mother... What if it's orphaned? And I just indirectly caused its death?
I'm so depressed now.
Do you think it's an orphan? Do you think it'll die? Should I go back out and look for it some more?
I just don't know what the right thing to do is.
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-01-2012, 06:59 PM
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I don't know that you could do a whole lot even if you were able to locate it again today.

I'm not sure how much truth there is to this, but I've always heard not to touch them, because the mother will abandon the baby if it has human scent on it.

Honestly, it's best chance of survival is probably out there where you found it. If it's mother is any where in the vicinity, it should be able to locate the fawn. And if the mother's not around, I'm not sure how you'd know anyway.

Unfortunately this seems like one of those ****ed if you do, ****ed if you don't, kind of situations.

If I were you, I might head out to that spot again tomorrow and see if you can locate it. If you see it again tomorrow and it's still alone, its mother probably isn't coming back for it and at that point, you might try calling a wildlife agency and finding out what needs to be done to help it survive.
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I believe deer are similar to cows, they nurse their young then bed them down while they go eat and return later to nurse again. Especially when they are so young that they are not grazing yet and still have their spots.

You can go check tomorrow, but I am sure mom will find him. Just like calves they always want to return to the last place they nursed. And mom will look where she last nursed and bedded him down.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-01-2012, 07:07 PM
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Deer leave their babies alone for most of the day, that's normal for them.
The mom will call for the baby & look for it. She has the best chance of finding it.
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-01-2012, 07:17 PM
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Leave it be, don't touch, don't pick up, don't worry about it, mom is probably off eating and you just happened to scare her hidden fawn. Coming from a forest ranger's daughter, leave it be you cause more damage by trying to help, only if you find one sick or injured should you call the right people, don't handle it yourself, some places it is illegal to take in wildlife even if it is well intentioned.
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post #6 of 16 Old 06-01-2012, 07:17 PM
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I'm sure baby is fine. Mom will call for it when it isn't where she left it. 1/2 mile isn't that big of an area for deer.
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-01-2012, 08:26 PM
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Yes, the babies are taught to stay put. Their protection is both visual and olfactory camoflage. The visual camoflage worked so well that you guys didn't see it! The mistake you made was harassing it by chasing it. It sounds like you meant well, but in future... leave it alone. Mommy will be back.
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-01-2012, 08:48 PM
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The mom will find it, and probably already has. I have quite a few deer that live right behind my house, in fact if I look out there now I can see 2 doe. The mom will leave her babies for a few hours to go off on her own. She'll call to the baby, and they call back. Plus they can smell their scent from quite aways away.

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post #9 of 16 Old 06-02-2012, 05:26 AM
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You did the right thing by not chasing it down. The doe will find it easily by calling and the fawn will call once it hears her.
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-02-2012, 05:46 AM
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What everyone else has said is right. A doe will lay the baby down in a covered area and it wil not move, for hours at a time, until the doe comes back. She goes off to feed and leaves the fawn safe by itself.

A doe will reject the fawn if it has human scent on it, so you should be glad you didn't touch it. Mum should have found the fawn by now.
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