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Public Safety Getting 10-20 Calls A Week Concerning 'Abandoned' Baby Deer

Human intervention will only hurt

June 18, 2019 - 1:20 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh Public Safety is reminding people that if you see a missing fawn it isn’t always necessary to call it in.

In a social media post, authorities say they receive 10 to 20 calls for fawns that people believe have been abandoned.

Public safety would like you to keep the following in mind:

  • In almost all cases of solitary fawns, the mothers have simply left their offspring temporarily and will return to care for them within 24 hours.
  • People should never approach or move fawns in any way because if the fawn isn’t where mom left it, mom could leave the area permanently. In such cases, even if the fawn is returned, it could end up dying.
  • Lastly, if a mother deer is nearby and sees or hears a human pick up her fawn, she might charge the human and cause serious injury

As a reminder people are asked to leave the young deer alone. “Unless the fawn is next to an     injured or dead doe, human intervention will only hurt.”

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