Rehabilitating wildlife is complex
- Specialized diets – Fawns have special dietary needs which vary by age and physical condition. We constantly re-assess fawns in our care to ensure we are meeting their nutritional requirements.
- Maintaining wild instincts – If a fawn loses its natural caution around humans it may lose its ability to survive in the wild. This transition can happen quickly so it is important that the fawn be turned over to the professional organization immediately.
- Tranquil environment – Fawns become highly stressed around humans whom they view as predators. It is imperative that their environment while in rehab is quiet void of domestic pet and human sounds and voices.
- Socialization – Fawns are heard animal in need of interaction with others of their species. This is especially important for young fawns to insure that they learn communication and social skills which aid in their survival in the wild.
Once the diagnosis for treatment has been determined the fawn is placed in isolation to insure that it is not carrying any disease that could infect the rest of the herd. The fawn is treated, fed and kept under observation for several days.
Once the fawns are old enough to care for themselves and are in good physical condition they are released into the wild. These fawns are released in accordance with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife regulations to an appropriate habitat which meets their needs.