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Three Black-tailed Deer Fawns are Growing Up at PAWS

Jul27

 

Three deer fawns have come into our care here at PAWS this summer, with each fawn's arrival preceeding the next by approximately a month. The first arrived on May 13th. He was a tiny buck that was found wandering alongside a road near Bremerton. On June 9, a young doe arrived after being found near a children's center in Snoqualmie. The third fawn, also a doe, arrived on July 16. She had been found in Tacoma, limping and in a weakened state. All three fawns have been doing well in our care and all are growing fast.  A few photos of our patients are included below.

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This is Black-tailed Deer case #11-0693, the buck that was found alongside the road in Bremerton.  Deer in care at PAWS are taught to nurse from a bottle rack.  This decreases the chances that they will become habituated to their human caregivers.

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Black-tailed Deer case #11-1094 is the doe that was found near the children's center in Snoqualmie, WA.  She was thin and sickly on arrival, but is now a healthy fawn.

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The newest arrival, doe case #11-1765, is seen here resting in one of our "deer stalls".  The stalls are located in a small barn in which we can provide weaker fawns with supplemental heat and protection from the weather.

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Once fawns are healthy, they are all housed together in a large, outdoor enclosure.  Here buck #11-0693 and doe #11-1094 are shown.

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The deer enclosure is filled with native trees and shrubs on which the deer fawns can browse.  Here, doe #11-1094 is seen standing in the middle of the pen.

The fawns should be ready to return to their wild homes later this year. 

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