I was walking home from the river today just awhile ago and found this baby deer. I knew not to touch it so i waited around for its mother to return and it never did. I was way off in the distance so if the mother did return she wouldnt see me but she never did.
Finally I called home on the phone and asked what to do and they said bring it on home. We have it here under a heating lamp and blanket. What should i do now?
Call the DNR. If someone finds out you have it with out permission you can get into trouble. We had a baby when I was young. My uncle ran over its mother in a field. They let us keep her to bottle feed then she went to live in a state park that has deer and elk.
It is highly unlikely that the mother didn't see you. And even if she didn't, she probably smelled you. She knew you were there. The worse thing you can do is take a baby deer. And yes, you do need a permit for a deer. It's not just like having a goat in the backyard. Please call the appropriate authority so they can now take proper care of this fawn.
Just a side note here is this person living here in the states? I ask because in Britain there is a type of deer that mate any time of the year and can give birth in the winter and the young do survive:
Reeve's muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi)
Breeding: Mating takes place at any time of year and females give birth 7 months later to a single spotted fawn. Fawns seem to survive even when they are born in harsh winter weather. Females can conceive when they reach about 10kg.
You should have left it alone, and then perhaps returned in the morning to see if it was still in the same spot. The poor mother has probably been calling for it. No matter how well hidden you thought you were, mom knew you were around nearby.
If one ever finds a fawn, please leave it alone. The mother knows where it is at. The mother will leave it at a place where she thinks the fawn is safe and camoflaughed. The mother will come back when SHE feels safe and get her fawn. I have seen this countless times over the years. Usually a fawn at this stage has little or no deer scent to them. The mother leaves when she feels endangered and will lead the prey away with her scent. Or she leaves as she goes out and browse sfor food.
The mother will usually come back from anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours. If she doesn't contact your nearest Dept of Natural Resources or whatever your state/province, etc calls its Dept.
Its January, I'm curious as to where you live. The midwest does do not have fawns until Spring, April, May or sometimes into June.
I have a friend who raised one when the mother was found dead and she has pics of it, very cute little thing. She house trained it and everything, the deer would go to the door when it had to go potty. She eventually put it in a huge caged in area in the back yard when it got big then collared it and released it, the deer comes back every day to eat. She own 80 some acres and figures it stays on the land.
I know the books say deer don't have babies in the winter but I know in the mid west they are finding deer that have both male and female parts which is unusual and not suppose to happen either. My point is just b/c it is in a book or on the net doesn't mean it is true or false.
Deer have specific conditions that happen in order for them to breed....
They are sensitive to the light of daylight, moon phases, weather and such....
The length of the day is probably the single most overriding factor in deer breeding. It determines the ideal 200-day time frame for deer breeding and fawning. It remains constant from year to year and it becomes the deer's internal clock and calendar. The first day of summer (June 21st) has the most amount of daylight and the first day of winter (Dec. 22nd) has the least. As the length of the day changes throughout the year, the seasons also change and this triggers the deers' annual life cycle events such as shedding velvet, dropping antlers and breeding. In Western Canada this ideal time frame falls between the second and third week of November. When the deer are bred during this ideal time window, the fawns are born during the maximum survival window.
Why does light play such an important part of deer breeding? Recent studies indicate the amount of light, or lack of it, directly affects the levels of melatonin in the does. The bucks are ready to breed as early as September, however they must wait for the does to come into estrus before breeding can commence. Melatonin is a sleep inducer and in deer it stimulates the estrus levels and dictates breeding time. The more light there is, the less melatonin is produced and this, in turn, causes the does to come into estrus.
Thank you all! I called the people and they came and got it. I dont know how the mother had it now either! I was wondering the same thing. I should have left it alone your right but i just didnt know. I mean, i didnt want the mother never to come back and have it die but then again the mother just could have been off. I dont know. I was just as confused. Well it is now doing good just to let ya'll know. Here is a pic: http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r113/Rescuedogs_2007/Ourfoundfawn.jpg