Staff Report for The Island Connection
Fawns are born from April to July after a gestation period of 200 days. Does will have one or two fawns each year and will keep them hidden by themselves for the first few weeks of life. Due to the doe’s strong scent, this is a natural protection mechanism to ensure the safety of the fawn. Fawns are scent-free during their first few weeks, allowing them to remain relatively safe from bobcats and other predators. Fawns will lie quietly for hours until the doe returns from her forays for food.
If you encounter a fawn lying by itself during your walks on the island, do not approach or touch it. Any interaction with humans dramatically increases the chances of the fawn being killed, injured, or abandoned by its mother.