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Baby deer should be left in the wild

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – They sure are cute, but baby deer aren't cut out to be pets, and aren't supposed to be picked up by people. A fawn was dropped off at the Department of Natural Resources office in Albany Wednesday. Someone found him on the side of the road in Webster County where his mother had been hit by a car.

DNR officials say they get about 30 calls a year from people who've picked up fawns, either because they don't see their mothers nearby or because they think they'll make good pets.

Wildlife Biologist Julie Robbins said, "If you see a fawn like this, the best thing to do is to leave it where it's at. Fawns this young are left in a hiding place by their mothers and she comes periodically throughout the day to feed them so they're not actually abandoned so best thing to do is just leave it where you find it."

It's illegal to keep a fawn as a pet in Georgia. Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may keep fawns in order to help them readjust to life in the wild.

If you worry about a fawn that's in a dangerous location, you may move it, but keep it close to the same location so its mother can find it.

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