Fawn Taken to WSU Vet. Hospital Prompts Reminder for Residents to Leave Young Wildlife Alone

WSU veterinarians at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman received a male white-tailed fawn this afternoon. The animal appeared in need of help to the party who took the fawn to the hospital when in fact the young animal was okay. WSU is now reporting that because the animal had been bottle-fed by humans, it will no longer be able to return to the wild and will have to be sent to a wildlife rehabilitator – eventually ending at a zoo, wildlife park or other facilities. The veterinary team hoped to use this opportunity to remind residents that situations where bunnies, fledgling owlets, squirrels, fawns and other young animals that may appear alone or harmed are more likely than not safe.  In some cases, fawns are left alone for long periods of time as the doe feeds. Young animals often remain motionless when away from their protectors as a natural defense. Ultimately the team stressed that the natural life cycle will ultimately involve young animals and offspring dying and that it does more harm than good when humans attempt to intervene. Finally, the team urges that most young animals do not need human help unless clearly injured.