If you encounter a foundling that appears to be separated from its mother, follow these general rules and guidelines when attempting to reunite them:
Return the fawn as soon as possible as the does’s milk will begin to dry up in 24 hours
Human and/or dog scents will NOT keep a doe from accepting the fawn
The fawn/doe bond is very strong. Hoof scent glands are individual to each animal and help them find one another. A fawn has a nursing cry to which a doe responds.
You can also play sounds of a fawn calling for it’s mother from your smartphone to help attract the mother back to the baby.
Return a fawn as close as possible to where it was found. Keep people and pets away. If near a home, limit use of the area as much as possible. If in a garage or frequently used area, move it to a nearby isolated area.
After placing a fawn on the ground, leave quickly! The fawn may be confused and try to follow someone leaving the area too slowly. Don’t make the fawn lie down; it’s OK if it walks away – it knows where it’s going.
If dogs have chased the fawn, return the animal to nearby woods or a field while keeping the dogs contained for several days, as they will follow the scent.
If a fawn is found near or in a road, move the animal out of right-of-way, preferably on the safe side of a fence. If you know which direction the fawn was headed, gently move the animal out of harm’s way onto the appropriate side of the road or fence.
Allow the fawn to be undisturbed for at least 10 hours before checking the area; leave the animal undisturbed overnight if possible, as deer are most active after dusk and before daylight.
If a fawn is found in the same location after 10 hours, re-evaluate the animal’s health status and contact Colorado Parks & Wildlife.