DNR: Adopting fawns illegal

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 27, 2014 

People who come across a lone fawn might be tempted to take it home or to a veterinarian.

That, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources says, is illegal.

"Many people who come upon a solitary spotted fawn in the woods or along a roadway mistakenly assume the animal has been deserted by its mother and want to take the apparently helpless creature home to care for it," said Charles Ruth, DNR Deer/Turkey Project supervisor, in a news release. "Young fawns like this have not been abandoned but are still in the care of a doe."

Born during April, May and June in South Carolina, fawns will begin daily movements with their mothers in about three or four weeks, and human handling and disturbance of them can cause a doe to shy away or even desert her offspring, the release said.

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