The timing couldn’t be better for the photo sent in by Stephen M. Kotch of Dallas. Two weeks ago, he photographed this fawn in his backyard on Overbrook Road. As we enter the peak of when whitetail does have their fawns, Kotch’s photo is an example of just how delicate life in the natural world can be.
It also serves as a good time to remind those who encounter a fawn to not pick them up. It’s a common problem this time of year as those who encounter a fawn and don’t see the mother nearby assume it has been abandoned. A fawn relies on its lack of scent and spotted camouflage to protect itself, and since it isn’t strong on its legs yet it will likely sit still rather than run. An adult deer’s first defense is to put distance between itself and the perceived threat, which explains why the mother is rarely in sight when a fawn is approached.
Rest assured, in most instances the adult doe will return to its fawn when it feels safe.
Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to email@example.com.
— Tom Venesky