Leave Bambi be! Police remind public to keep away from fawns

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It’s the time of year where you might come across a baby deer, and the temptation to check on them or even give them a hug is overwhelming for some.

But Fairfax County police are reminding folks to give fawns their space.

Police say fawns will bed down and be left alone for extended periods of time while their mothers go out and forage. A fawn that appears to be alone has not actually been abandoned.

A fawn is unlikely to run away even if you approach it, but that is not a sign of injury.

“You should only seek help for a fawn if it is showing obvious signs of injury or distress, such as wandering and crying incessantly, eyes swollen, has visible wounds or broken bones, or if there is a dead doe nearby,” a Fairfax County news release said.

If you see a fawn in distress, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, veterinarian or the Animal Protection Police for assistance and instruction.

The number for the Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline is 1-855-571-9003.

The Fairfax County Animal Protection Police can be reached through the Police non-emergency line at 703-691-2131.

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