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Oh, Deer: Fawns Seen Alone Spark Concern Among Fairfield County Residents

Local and state police have issued an advisory about baby deer in Ridgefield.
Local and state police have issued an advisory about baby deer in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Police Department

There’s no need to fear for baby deer.

Police departments are advising residents that this is the time of year when most fawns are born.

Police say residents should leave the fawns alone, as the mother is usually nearby and will return to feed the fawns multiple times a day.

The Ridgefield Police Department issued an alert on Thursday after receiving multiple reports from local residents concerned about baby deer they’ve found alone in the area without their mothers, fearing they were abandoned.

Police said that fawns “are frequently hidden and left alone for hours while their mothers forage for food. During the long periods left alone, newborn fawns instinctively freeze and will lay motionless when approached.”

According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, when one comes across a fawn, it is best to leave it alone for at least 48 hours to determine whether its mother is returning to feed it. “A truly orphaned fawn may show signs of distress by walking around aimlessly and calling out for several hours.”

Any local residents with questions or concerns about fawn in the area have been advised to contact Animal Control Officer Kris Zulkeski by calling (203) 431-2711. 

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