The DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife is giving tips on what residents should or should not do if they find an abandoned fawn or any other young wild animal.
The DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist, Joe Roberson states, “People who remove fawns from the field may not realize some wildlife facts,” he said. “First and foremost, the fawn hasn’t been ‘abandoned’ at all.”
Research has shown that many fawns cared for by people have a less chance of survival once they are released back into the wild, compared to deer raised by their mothers. Fawns that are raised in the wild are able to learn survival instincts from their mothers that people cannot teach them.
Furthermore, it is also illegal for an individual in Delaware to possess a live white-tailed deer. The person may be fined and face up to 30 days in jail.
For more information, call (302) 735-3600.