MDWFP telling people to leave fawns alone

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is urging people to leave alone any spotted whitetail fawn they meet.

William T. McKinley, MDWFP’s deer program biologist, tells The Clarion-Ledger that most people see a fawn and think it has been abandoned. He says that is not normally the case.

McKinley says fawns are left alone for most of the day and the doe returns periodically to nurse them.

He says lying still is a natural defense for fawns and helps keep them hidden. He says thousands of fawns survive each year without assistance and people who happen upon a fawn should stay away.

MDWFP is also reminding people that it is illegal to capture, possess or cage any wild animal, including whitetail deer.