This is the time of year that deer in Minnesota give birth to fawns, and it's not uncommon to stumble across a fawn, that seems like it is all alone out in the woods, or in a quiet area outdoors. So what should you do if you discover a fawn that looks to be all alone outdoors in Minnesota? Leave it be.

According to the most recent newsletter update from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

"Most fawns are born in mid-May to mid-June, and fawns do not attempt to evade predators during their first few weeks of life. Instead, they remain still to avoid being seen. During these times, fawns are learning critical survival skills from their mothers but are often left on their own while their mothers forage watchfully nearby. Be assured deer fawns are likely fine even if they look abandoned or fragile. Even if the fawn is known to be wounded or abandoned due to a car strike or animal attack, do not transport it until you talk to a wildlife rehabilitator."

The Minnesota DNR website also states that a fawn can be left alone for as many as three days, with the mother returning after that amount of time.

One thing that you shouldn't do is try to take in or rehabilitate a young wild animal as that is illegal in Minnesota. 

You can learn more about what to do if you discover what appears to be an abandoned fawn or other young animals by heading to the DNR website, here.

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