If you see a fawn, leave it alone, wildlife officials warn.
SARASOTA COUNTY -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office rescued a baby deer that was found in a neighborhood east of Interstate 75 on Thursday.
But wildlife officials want people to know that just because you see a fawn by itself, that doesn't mean it has been abandoned. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, people should avoid contact with fawns, which protect themselves by hiding in tall vegetation -- sometimes for many hours -- while their mother forages elsewhere. The fawns have no scent and during this time the mother limits contact, except to nurse, so that her scent will not attract predators and mark the fawn's hiding place, the FWC says. If you approach a fawn and it doesn't run, leave it alone, because its mother is probably nearby.
The fawn found on Thursday in the Laurel Oak subdivision appeared weak and its mother wasn't around, the Sheriff's Office said. It was taken to the Wildlife Center of Venice, where it will be rehabilitated and hopefully released.