Thursday, June 25, 2015
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Leave Fawns Alone
JACKSON - With the official start of summer, white-tailed deer
fawns begin to appear in Mississippi. The Mississippi
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants to
remind people to LEAVE FAWNS ALONE. Many
Mississippians will come across a newborn fawn this summer.
However, well-meaning people think the fawn has been abandoned or
is sick, and want to take the fawn home to care for it. "We
tell people the same thing every year - please LEAVE FAWNS
ALONE," said MDWFP Deer Program Leader Lann
Mississippi law prohibits the capture, possession, or caging of
any wild animal including white-tail fawns.
Early in life, it is normal for fawns to be alone for most of
the day. Does take great care of their fawns and purposefully
leave them bedded and hidden, returning several times a day to
nurse them. In just a matter of weeks, the fawns will be up
following her and able to out-run predators.
Following a gestation period of approximately six and a half
months, most fawning dates in the Magnolia State occur from June
through August. "Following deer breeding trends in
Mississippi, the earliest fawns will be born in the northwest
portion of the state, and the latest fawns will be born in the
southeastern portions of the state," Wilf said. Please
remember, if you encounter a fawn, do not pick it up… LEAVE
For more information regarding deer or deer hunting
opportunities in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/deer or call us
at (601) 432-2199.
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