Between now and July, you may notice some adorable, spotted visitors in your yard. White-tailed does commonly leave their fawns in tall grasses, flower beds, or near bushes, where they are most concealed and where she feels they will be safe. Often, these locations end up being right in your backyard.
To avoid attracting predators to the fawn’s location, the doe will leave it alone for long periods of time, but will return to nurse it a few times throughout the day. The fawn has several survival tactics it uses while in its hiding spot. Its white spots provide excellent camouflage once it beds down. Also, the fawn can remain very motionless and lower its heartbeat to move even less if it senses a predator nearby.
If you find a fawn and it appears healthy, it is best to leave it alone. Be assured the doe is not too far away, and whenever possible, it is in the fawn’s best interest to stay with its mother.
If you do not see the mother return by the following day, or the fawn appears ill or injured, you can reach out to a wildlife rehabilitator for advice on whether the fawn needs help or should be moved to a rehabilitation facility. Organizations that work with deer are Frisky’s Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary, Inc. and All Creatures Great and Small Wildlife Center, Inc.