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Wildlife Officials Warn Against Lending A Hand to Bambi

New Hampshire Fish and Game is warning people from interacting with lone fawns.

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Julie Larsen Maher

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are warning people to leave young fawns alone even if they suspect the animal has been abandoned.

At this time of year, officials said it is not uncommon to see fawns on their own, prompting people to speculate a mother could have died or disappeared. Rather, the mother often keeps her distance from the fawn for its safety, since adult deer can easily be detected by predators. For the first few months, the doe will visit the fawn a few times a day to nurse quickly before leaving again.

If spotting a fawn on its own, the best strategy is to leave it in its natural environment and contact Fish and Game officials. They will take a report and assess whether the fawn needs help.

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