I almost stepped on this day old fawn as I made my way along the shoreline of a small pond in Waterton.  It didn’t make a noise or move a muscle even when I was a few feet away. I quickly took a few pictures and continued up the shoreline. I wasn’t more than about 20 feet away when I heard the mother coming back to check on it. I hid in the brush but she must have caught my scent and let out a warning call to make sure the fawn stayed hidden.  When deer and elk fawns are this small they can’t keep up with the adults and so the mother’s routinely leave them for several hours to go feed before coming back to nurse them.  Therefore, if you come across a fawn in the grass don’t assume that it is orphaned. Just leave it be and the mother will return within a few hours.

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