Bambis are popping up in backyards almost everywhere in Washtenaw County these days.
Fawning season has arrived, and with it, the likelihood that well-meaning suburbanites will encounter a seemingly abandoned youngster curled up on a back lawn.
But wildlife rehabilitators say odds are that Junior is just fine, and holed up in a safe spot until Mom returns from foraging.
Fawns spend the first several weeks of their life huddled where they are born. They can't run quickly enough to evade predators, so the mother deer caches the newborn in a safe spot and stays away, so as not to attract potential trouble. And because fawns are well-camouflaged with spots and are virtually without scent during their first weeks, "a coyote would literally have to trip over it to find it," said licensed wildlife rehabilitator Karen O'Connor of Dexter, who is the only licensed deer rescuer in Washtenaw.
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