Wildlife Tips from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, California
What to do if you find a fawn:
Now is the time to watch for fawns. Deer have learned to adapt to small patches of open space in urban areas and are common in many of our neighborhoods. Black-tailed deer, a subspecies of the mule deer, are common throughout the northern and central California coastal ranges. While they prefer open chaparral, they will adjust to almost any open space they can find.
Last week during our most recent storm, a concerned citizen was awakened by a crying sound. After some investigation, he found a 3-day old fawn curled up and cold from the rain outside his window.
The fawn was brought to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s wildlife hospital in the morning where it was warmed and given fluids. Soon the fawn was on its feet and alert. When it appeared that the fawn was doing well, the rescuer took the fawn back to his home and placed it back where it was found.
A few hours later, the rescuer called the museum’s wildlife hospital to share that he and his wife had seen the same fawn suckling on its mother and full of life!
What should you do if you come across a baby animal that appears alone?
Observe the animal. It is very likely that the mother went out in search of food and will return. In the case of baby birds, keep an eye out for cats.
*** You can always call the Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s wildlife hospital at 925-935-1978 for advice.
*** Or check the museum’s website for recommendations for what to do for specific animals: