Definitely do not touch it or move it as your scent will scare off the mother, who may be hiding nearby.

Nearly all “abandoned” fawns are truly not abandoned. Deer will leave their fawns for periods of time. Often, deer give birth in the middle of the night and leave the fawn during the day, particularly if people are around. The fawn’s camouflage helps protect it from predators.

If there is a dead doe nearby the fawn may be orphaned. Call DEP at 860-424-3011.