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Let Sleeping Fawns Lie 
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife would like to remind residents that the coming of summer means newborn fawns and other little critters are showing up all over the state.

During spring and early summer, people often see young animals that appear to be alone in the forest, in backyards, on or near trails or along the sides of roads.

CPW has recently received several reports of "abandoned" fawns that were then moved by humans. CPW asks that you not approach, touch or handle young animals.

“Seeing a fawn alone does not mean that it has been abandoned,” said Frank McGee, area wildlife manager. “Fawns are often left alone by their mother while they go to feed and it's not unusual for them to be left for several hours at a time.”

Young fawns have no scent and are born with speckled coats that provide a natural camouflage. These two factors help them avoid being found by predators. When the mother senses a predator might be close by it moves away. Many other animals use similar survival techniques.

If you see a fawn, move away quickly. Do not move closer or attempt to get the animal to move.

Fawns that are truly abandoned will show signs of distress such as crying. Call your local CPW office if the fawn has been left overnight or shows signs of injury.

"People also need to remember that not every fawn will survive," said McGee. "It's sad, but it's part of the natural process."

Food should never be given to wildlife. There is plenty of natural food available for wild animals.

“Providing food causes animals to bunch up in small areas,” said McGee. “That makes them vulnerable to diseases and predators.”

If animals are provided food they also become habituated to humans and will stay in residential areas instead of natural lands.

Residents also need to keep their pets under control. Dogs acting on their natural instincts can find wildlife and attack them. The stress of being attacked often is fatal for young animals.

If you see a young animal, admire its beauty from a distance, and then move on quietly. CPW encourages parents to explain to their children not to disturb wildlife.

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