WildSafeBC: Fawning Season

Release date: 
June 1, 2018

Kamloops, BC - It’s fawning season, and WildSafeBC would like to remind people that if they find a fawn, it should be left alone.

A doe will often leave her fawn(s) alone for hours at a time while she feeds, and she will returning throughout the day to nurse them. Scentless and silent, fawns may appear to be orphaned and helpless, but the best thing you can do for a fawn is to leave it alone. As soon as you remove that fawn from the bedding area, you greatly decrease its chance of survival. Please stay on marked trails as this reduces your chance of stumbling upon a hidden fawn. If you do find a fawn, be cautious and alert as you may have come between a mother and her baby.

Photo by: Larry Halverson

Fawning season occurs from May to early July, when fawns become more independent of their mothers. It is important for pet owners to keep dogs on leash during this time. A doe may see a dog as a predator or threat to her newborns since dogs are close relatives of fawns’ natural predators. If a dog comes too close, the doe may become aggressive and attack the dog.

It is also important to note that picking up any wildlife is illegal under the Wildlife Act and could result in a fine.

If you observe a fawn or other young animal that appears to have been left alone for an extended period of time, contact the BC Conservation Officer Service through the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277. Residents can also report wildlife conflict online at WildSafeBC’s Wildlife Alert Reporting Program (WARP), available at www.wildsafebc.com/warp. This program allows you to see what wildlife has been reported in your neighbourhood and be alerted of new sightings.

WildSafeBC Kamloops is grateful for the generous support the program receives from its funders, including the City of Kamloops, the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, and the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.