May and June are the most likely times to see fawns in the
woods or near your home. If you notice one that appears to be alone, keep your distance and note if it appears injured or if there is a dead mother deer (doe) nearby. Does hide their fawns for the first few weeks after they are born to keep them safe. While the fawns are young they have no scent and predators cannot smell them if the mother is not there. The mothers do return during the day to nurse them but do not stay long.
If you have found an injured fawn, one in danger, near a dead doe or bleating, contact your local permitted fawn rehabilitator for directions before removing or handling the deer. Please do not feed it without instructions. Fawns take special care from experienced rehabilitators. Although they are cute and it is tempting to take them home and feed them, they are not pets and when not fed correctly, cuddled and exposed to other pets, most die.
Please check our list of rehabilitators for one permitted for fawns or contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for a rehabilitator and information.
If you need to find a local wildlife rehabilitator please use this link. Locating Rehabbers.