'Orphaned' Fawns Become Wards of the State and Costly

Posted Jun 17, 2011 by Kassandra Garcia
May and June are the birthing times for deer and in the Inland Northwest "orphaned" fawn are reported daily to vets throughout the area.
A group of deer stop on a road side
A group of deer stop on a road side
Photo by Chris Hogg,
Fawn have become a popular sight in veterinary clinics all over in the past month. This is due to people spotting the babies either on the side of the road or in a field with no mother seen in the area. Dr. Luther McConnell told a reporter for the Spokesman Review that "They're pretty much condemning them to death." This was in response to people either feeding the fawn or taking it to a veterinarian. "Bust she will come back. Sometimes it may not be for hours, but she'll come back to find her baby."
Some people are convinced that if a dog or another animal scares off the mother that she will not return for her young. That isn't the case, the safest place for a fawn is lying down in tall grass where predators can't see them. Young deer are easy prey and to prevent them from being killed or hunted the mothers will keep their distance until they know it is safe.
McConnell also went on to say that the only reason a fawn should be "rescued" is if the mother is near by and has died. The fawn will stick close to her body but is truly orphaned. When fawn are taking to an animal care facility the state has to cover the cost for the care of that animal. The cost per fawn is roughly $1500-$2000 just for the care. And many of the fawn that are being cared for were mistaken as being "orphaned."