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Game and Fish asks public not to remove fawns from the wild

Game and Fish asks public not to remove fawns from the wild

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Aug 8, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the public not to remove deer fawns from the wild.

Mark Hark, Public Information Officer with Game and Fish tells KGUN9 the request is being made because the department has been made aware of three fawns being removed from the wild since July.

"Fawns are left alone by their mothers most of the day while they feed.  Mothers do not remain near their young to avoid drawing the attention of potential predators.  When humans remove a fawn from the wild, it becomes orphaned and condemned to a life in captivity if it survives," said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson.

"It is very difficult to find a captive facility that has room for another deer, and so excess fawns must be euthanized."
 
If you think a fawn has been orphaned, note the exact location and report it to the Game and Fish office in Tucson at (520) 628-5376 during business hours Monday through Friday, or through the 24-hour dispatch center at (623) 236-7201.

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.