Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Fawns in the fields

A colleague snapped this photo of me moving one of the fawns to a safer location.

In June of 2008, our office received a call from a nearby ranch. They asked if we could help them find and remove fawns from their hayfields so the mowing machines wouldn’t kill the young deer. The ranch had unintentionally killed eight fawns the year before. So several of us spent one morning walking the fields before the swathers arrived. We wanted to find any fawns that might be bedded down and move them to an area where they would be safe.

Usually, we don’t handle or move young animals because their mothers can smell our scent and become afraid of their offspring. In this case, we chose to move any fawns we found. We knew if they weren’t moved, they would certainly be killed by the swathers. That day, we were able to find and move four fawns to a nearby area where tall grass and vegetation provided cover. It was also the same area where adult deer usually entered and exited the field. No fawns were hit or killed by the mowing machines. We don’t know if the ranch will see fawns again this year, but if they do, we’re glad to send biologists and wildlife technicians to help out.