FRESNO WILDLIFE REHABILITATION SERVICE

559-298-3276

Get Help

As much as we try, we can't give an orphaned animal as much time and care as their mother can. So whenever possible we would love to reunite the animal with their family. For specifics on what you can do for a certain species click on one of the links to the left for further information. Even if you don't see the animal on the list, Fresno Wildlife takes care of most native species.

If you're ever in doubt or need help, please call us at:

559-298-3276

Our mailing address is:

FWRS
P.O. Box 2605
Clovis, CA 93613

@ 559-298-3276

Deer

deer1If you see a fawn by itself, in most cases, the best thing to do is leave it alone. Its mother is probably nearby watching. You may not be able to see her, but she can probably see, smell, and hear you from her hiding place. Usually she will not come out of hiding - even to protect her fawn (self preservation).

If A Fawn Is Alone

If you see a fawn by itself, in most cases, the best thing to do is leave it alone. Its mother is probably nearby watching. You may not be able to see her, but she can probably see, smell, and hear you from her hiding place. Usually she will not come out of hiding - even to protect her fawn (self preservation).

A doe may leave her fawn for several hours at a time. That DOES NOT mean the fawn has been abandoned. If there has been human intervention, it may take up to 7 days for the doe to come back to her fawn. In most cases, if you leave the fawn alone the mother will come back and get her baby. Please don't check on the fawn. Only ensure the fawn is healthy and in good condition. ONLY INTERVENE IF THE FAWN TRULY NEEDS OUR ASSISTANCE!

If you happen to remove a fawn that looks healthy, the best thing to do is take it back to exactly the spot where you found it. The mother will still come back to look for her fawn for several days. It would be good to check on them the next day. You can call us for assistance at any time.

A Fawn Needs Help

If you happen to encounter a fawn and you are absolutely positive it needs help, then and only then should you remove the fawn from its location. Should you find yourself in that situation, call us for assistance right away.

True emergencies are:

  • Open bleeding wounds
  • Shallow, labored or noisy breathing
  • Convulsions
  • Head trauma
  • Burns
  • The fawn is noticeably malnourished

While you are waiting for help to arrive, keep the fawn in a quiet, warm, and dark place where it will be safe and not injure itself further. A bathroom, closet or laundry room are all good places. Fawns tend to seek small corners (like behind a toilet-make sure toilet seat is down and chemicals are out of reach!) where they feel safe and hidden from a predator's view.

Hold yourself back from feeding the fawn because whatever you try to feed it will most likely make it ill (even if they weren't with their mother they are still drinking milk). You can offer it a small bowl of water but it will most likely ignore it.

Transporting a Fawn

It is never wise to try to transport a fawn by yourself. This task is best handled by at least two people: one to drive the vehicle and the other to hold the fawn firmly and keep it quiet and warm.

If handled correctly, a fawn will seem to fold up on your lap, keeping their front and hind legs folded under them. You can fold a towel or sheet around them to help keep their legs folded. If their legs are free they can injure themselves or even you. The fawn may strongly resist. You may try to calm it down by covering its eyes with something (towel, shirt, or jacket). A large, sturdy crate that can be covered and kept dark is also advisable.

Adult deer

Call California Department of Fish and Game at 559-222-3761. Per our permit, we are prohibited to handle adult deer.