New York DEC Officers got their fawn 3 times on one day. The term, "If You Care, Leave It There," was coined by the DEC to encourage people to leave young wildlife where it's found. But sometimes Mother Nature needs a human assist and on this day, it was 3 assists.

In the city of Binghamton, officers were called to an abandoned property where a fawn had become trapped inside a six-foot-high chain link fence. After some fence climbing, and fawn wrangling, they were able to get it on the other side. As soon as the fawn made a noise, a doe appeared and the two left together.

In the town of Onondaga some landscaping led to near tragedy. The landowner was using fill to raise the level of the yard. In an effort to protect a nearby tree, a wooden structure was built around it creating a deep hole around the base. Somehow the fawn managed to fall into the pit. The owner and officers removed the structure and used a catchpole and rope to bring the fawn to the surface. Once it was free it reunited with Mom mother.

The 3rd instance occurred in the town of Nichols in Tioga County. On the surface, it appears someone may not have been following the "leave it there" mantra. A farmer noticed a vehicle stopped for an extended period of time near his property. After it drove away the farmer found a fawn with a bottle of milk nearby. Responding officers couldn't locate it's mother and transported it to a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator.

In the wildlife world, especially with deer, babies may appear to be abandoned, but the mother has just hidden her young in a tall patch of grass. You may not see her, but Mom is nearby. Thus, "If you care, Leave it There."

Lt. Dave McShane With Rescued Fawn


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