Wildlife Officials Are Concerned About Fawns

Here's a problem you might not know about:  people taking in fawns and trying to domesticate them.  Over the past two months, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials say six have been brought in, close to death.  Authorities told KLTV 7 News that "trying to help" is doing the animals more harm than good.

"The expression, killing them with kindness, that's what people do with wildlife," said Texas, Parks and Wildlife rehabilitator Tamra Bolton.  "They want to help, but they're afflicted with what I call the Bambi syndrome."

Bolton is nourishing a three-week old fawn back to health. The person who had been taking care of the animal was feeding it, but the animal was still three pounds under weight.

If an animal is not given the proper formula, it's not getting the nutrition it needs. It could lead to diarrhea and even death.

Bolton says people taking fawn from their mothers occurs most often this time of year because it's when the animals are strong enough to start wandering around.

She says many people make the mistake of thinking the animal is lost or its mother is dead. "They abandon them for a reason. And that's because after they're born, they don't want the mother's scent on the baby because they're protecting them from predators when they don't have a scent on them," said Bolton.

She says the mother keeps an eye on its young until it's old enough to fend for itself. And if you intervene, you're ruining what the mother is trying so hard to do:  protect its offspring.

She says if you see a fawn, leave it alone unless it's in the middle of the road or if you see that its mother is dead. Call wildlife officials for them to handle the situation.

Bolton says you could be fined up to $500 per day if you're caught with a fawn. She plans to release the fawn into the wild in September when it's able to take care of itself.

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.  ortega@kltv.com