Don’t be a fawn napper! I’m Griff and welcome to Griff’s Wild Tips. This blog post accompanies the video on my YouTube channel titled, Griff’s Wild Tips: Don’t be a Fawn Napper. I hope the video helps you, help others, help fawns.

Why do fawns need help?

The problem is that every Spring and Summer wildlife care centers receive a bunch of fawns from compassionate people who don’t realize that they’re actually fawn nappers.

Yeah, I said it: fawn nappers.

These kind-hearted and ignorant people believe that the fawn they see sitting quietly is helpless and orphaned. So they pick it up and take it home. Bless your compassionate hearts, but that’s rarely ever actually the case. Momma deer have been leaving their fawns unattended for hours at time for millions of years. By taking that fawn home, you are most likely dooming it to a short life of suffering. I know that’s not what you intend, but it’s probably what will happen.

“Mother deer know that their presence near their babies alerts predators to the fawns’ existence, which puts them at risk. In order to keep her young safe, a doe will leave her fawn in a secluded area, often for as long as 12 hours, distracting predators away from her baby while she forages for food.

Fawns’ camouflage, and their ability to stay still, keep them safe from predators while their mother is away. When approached by a perceived predator (humans, pets or wildlife) a fawn’s instinctual response is to lay very low and not move at all. People often mistake this defensive behavior for injury, weakness or illness, but in fact it is the behavior of survival.”

To learn how you can become more fawn savvy, check out these four relevant resources:

If you want to donate to, volunteer, or learn about fawn rescue, visit Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue. I have visited the facility and met and worked with the founder Diane Nicholas. She is an amazing person who I am happy to be on the planet with at the same time. I am beyond impressed and grateful for her efforts. Please check out her website and support her anyway you can.

Here is a short and helpful article titled, Found a Fawn: What to do written by National Wildlife Federation’s spokesperson David Misejewski.

And if you ever encounter a fawn and have a question, contact your local wildlife care center. You can find one near you here on this wildlife care center online directory.

You can always get excellent information about coexisting with wildlife from the wildlife care center called, WildCare. I am familiar with the staff and facility, and I am very grateful for their efforts to help wildlife 24/7.

Thanks for caring about wildlife and their habitats (aka homes). In each webisode and blog post, I will help you understand what you can do to create a better world for wildlife one Griff’s Wild Tip at a time.

(Photos by Teresa Baker and Suzi Eszterhas)