Fawns, like this one, should be left alone if found in the woods says a provincial hunter’s group.
Although spring has been slow coming this year, the woods of Nova Scotia are once again welcoming back outdoor hikers, anglers and campers with the promise of warmer weather and clear trails.
Spring is also a time of birth in our forests and most of nature’s creatures are preparing to have young by making nests or delivering their offspring after a winter pregnancy.
Too often during this same period many encounters happen between newborns and the backwoods travelers and in some cases that is a recipe for trouble for nature’s new ones.
The Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters is asking all people who go into the woods of Nova Scotia this spring to be respectful of nature’s laws and leave wild baby animals alone.
In a release, the federation asks that people who take dogs into the woods obey the laws and have them on a leash as dog encounters with young wildlife may have a negative outcome.
Many people are uneducated in the ways of wild animals and believe that deer fawns, for instance, found laying in tall grass or among young fir trees have been abandoned by their mothers. This is not the case, says the federation.
“Doe often leave their fawns in a protected area while they feed or lead predators away from their fawn(s). By picking that fawn up you may have set in motion a series of events that will be detrimental to that individual animal and perhaps the whole deer herd,” reads the release.
“Please leave them alone. If after 24 hours you wish to check to see if its still there, go ahead, but we'll bet it’s gone with its mother,” said Tony Rodgers, executive director of the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
"It's important to all of us to care about nature but removing young from its natural habitat to be housed in a barn or garage for a week before deciding its too much to look after is a crime against nature.
Call your local Department of Natural Resources office for advice before moving any deer or other animal away from its natural protection," urged Rodgers.