Central Okanagan: Public told to leave little deer undisturbed

A baby fawn nestled in a Tower Ranch garden awaits the return of its mom. - Jennifer Smith
A baby fawn nestled in a Tower Ranch garden awaits the return of its mom.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith

If you see a fawn planted in your flowers, leave it be, says the Conservation Officer Services.

“The best advice we have is to leave those fawns alone,” said Mike Badry, wildlife conflict manager for the provincial Ministry of Environment.

Every spring people attempt to intervene when a fawn is found alone, but its unprotected position is often by design, according to Badry.

Mothers will plant their fawns in a single spot for up to 24 hours and leave them, seemingly unattended and close to people, while off foraging for food.

Placing them in close proximity to human beings may very well be the intent because civilization tends to ward off aggressive males; it’s a pattern the conservation officers have seen with bears as well.

With the rapid urban deer population growth in the Central Okanagan several incidents of fawns being picked up by area residents have been in the news this spring.

“We encourage people to leave them for at least 24 hours,” said Badry, noting it will be important to watch the small creature to see if the mother is tending to in during the intervening time.

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