This is why you shouldn't touch that baby deer

This is the time of year when most deer give birth. In fact, 90 percent of fawns are born in July and August, according to Gila Wildlife Rescue.

And the rescue group has an important message: if you see a baby deer alone, do not pick it up.

Just because a baby deer is alone, doesn't mean it's been abandoned or needs your help.

GWR says deer often hide their fawns to keep them safe, only coming near to feed them. And in urban settings, the mother may not choose good hiding spots.

Picking up a fawn or feeding them actually decreases their chance of survival. Milk is especially dangerous, according to GWR, as it can cause severe diarrhea that can kill a fawn within hours.

According to Arizona Game and Fish, these are signs of injury or sickness to look for: 

• Protruding bones or bleeding

• Flies, maggots, or other parasites on the body

• Inability to move away from threats (such as cars, people, or pets)

• Lethargy, lack of fear when threatened, uncoordinated movement

• Inability to fly or stand upright

What you should do

If you see a fawn or other wildlife you believe needs help, you can contact GWR at 575-590-0118.

Or you can reach out to your local Arizona Game and Fish office:

Flagstaff: 928-774-5045

Kingman: 928-692-7700

Mesa: 480-981-9400

Phoenix – Main: 602-942-3000

Pinetop: 928-367-4281

Tucson: 520-628-5376

Yuma: 928-342-0091

MORE: www.azgfd.gov/urbanwildlife

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