It’s peak fawning season across Idaho, and even at the MK Nature Center, located behind the Idaho Department of Fish and Game headquarters in Boise.
The staff at the Nature Center is worried that the baby deer are getting too much attention from the public and in some cases are being disturbed. They need to be left alone and not handled.
“Please enjoy them respectfully. Look at them, take a photo if you must (from a distance) and keep moving,” said Dave Cannamela, the center’s supervisor. “These animals are beautiful and they deserve our utmost respect.”
Remember, wildlife young may look abandoned but they aren’t. Parents can be nearby feeding and want the young to remain hidden.
The same thing holds true for nesting birds. If you see a baby robin on the ground, let it be.
It is illegal to harass wildlife or to have a wild animal in your possession without a permit.
Fawn and doe along the Boise Greenbelt - Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman (This photo was taken with a telephoto lens at 40 yards away.)