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Fawn born in Ledgeview

Fawn in Ledgeview yard photo courtesy of Terry Charles, May 12, 2018

LEDGEVIEW (WLUK) -- A visit from a wild animal has a family in Ledgeview talking.

Terry Charles noticed a tiny deer in his yard over the weekend.

And while the fawn may be fun to watch, wildlife experts say it's best to do so, from a distance.

In the middle of a Saturday landscape project at his Ledgeview home, something caught Terry Charles' attention.

"I was just assessing the front of the house, how much mulch I might need to put there. As I was looking, I come across this little fawn. And I mean little fawn," said Terry Charles, Ledgeview.

With its fresh brown coat, and tell-tale spots, a tiny deer was tucked into a garden just steps away from the front door.

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"So, it was just laying there. And I wanted to make sure it was alive. And I didn't touch it or anything. So I told my wife, and she's like, are you kidding me?" asked Charles.

Charles says a couple hours later, the deer was gone. He spread the news about the sighting. And on Sunday when some friends came over to see where the fawn was, the little deer was back.

"So, it's not only in the same general area, in the front of the house, it is in the exact same spot that the deer was the day before. So, pretty cool thing," said Charles.

Wildlife biologists say fawns in Northeast Wisconsin typically are born in early May, through June, and an urban setting can provide prime habitat for whitetail deer.

"People have nice beautiful garden beds, shrubs, things like that. That, and porches, great places to hide a fawn," said Josh Martinez, DNR Wildlife Biologist.

Martinez says mother deer will hide fawns for hours at a time to distract predators. He says people may think the newborns may be abandoned, but that's rarely the case.

"The mother is always the best place for that fawn to be. And if it truly is orphaned, then we'll work with the landowner to get that to a licensed rehabilitator," said Martinez.

On Monday afternoon, the spot was empty, and part of the landscape project is on hold.

"Certainly look forward to seeing hopefully both of them, around the yard, in the weeks and months to come," said Charles.

Martinez says he fields about 30 calls each spring related to fawns, and only a handful turn out to be cases of abandonment.

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