Help for Wild Deer Who Have Problems

Help for a deer who has lost her fawn, a fawn worried about her looks, and a young buck whose antler has fallen off.

Help, I am a mother deer, I leave my fawn everyday while I go to eat, she is only a week old,and today I came back to feed her but she was gone. There is no blood, and I know she would not have left, what is the matter?

Signed, Doe the Deer


Dear Doe the Deer

You have every right to be worried, your young fawn has probably been taken by a person who thought she was abandoned. Hopefully the person will realize their mistake and return her where they found her. Mother deers, like yourself, frequently continue to look for their lost fawns for days. Sadly many people do not realize that mother deer regularly leave their fawns like this and the fawns are best left alone.  Hopefully more people read learn about what to do when they find a fawn in the forest.



Help I am a young fawn, a baby deer, and I am a little worried about being different. My mother looks nothing like me, I have white spots, and she does not. Am I sick?

Signed, Spotty


Dear Spotty

Do not worry little fawn, the spots are for your protection. They make it harder for you to be seen in the woods. The word for this is camouflage, and to a predator you look like spots of sunlight shining through the trees, rather than a deer. Eventually your spots will grow into a solid pattern like your mother has, by then you will be stronger and faster to run away.



Hello, I am a young buck, I have these things growing on my head, I guess they are called antlers. Anyhow I have been itching my antlers lately and one of them fell right off. It scared me, what is happening?

Signed, Buck


Dear Buck

No need to worry, this is normal for male deer. Antlers are different than horns, horns do not fall off, but antlers fall off every fall, or winter. This means you do not have to carry around a huge set of antlers throughout the winter. In the spring you will quickly start to regrow another set of antlers which will be bigger than the set you had this year. That set of antlers will also fall off.

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13 Responses to “Help for Wild Deer Who Have Problems”
  1. Heloni Lynn Says...

    On March 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Nice share thanks

  2. DAN MCHARDY Says...

    On March 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Even though I laughed at first as these are letters to animals, i noticed that the information you learn when you read the letters, is actually quite useful and interesting! I never knew that antlers fell off, but now I do thanks to your article!

  3. Minaem Says...

    On March 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm


  4. lolontka Says...

    On March 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I love the way you wrote this article. I did not realise that mother deer left fawns alone while they go off to feed. I hate to think of the mother looking for her baby for days on end.

  5. N. Sun Says...

    On March 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I had no idea that antlers would fall off. Great job with those letters!

  6. Karen Gross Says...

    On March 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    It is good to know that Canadian deer are literate. I wonder if you could let them know which signs mean deer crossings. It is very dangerous for little deer to cross the highways.

  7. Juliane Says...

    On March 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    is antler collecting legal? i mean, can you distribute and sell fallen off deer antlers?

    great read by the way

  8. MaxBuceo Says...

    On March 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    So interesting share. Nice writing. I like this post

  9. CHIPMUNK Says...

    On March 10, 2011 at 4:59 am

    interesting work

  10. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On March 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I love your new style. Cheers.

  11. martie Says...

    On March 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Great way to get information across. I think the message in the doe letter was extremely important.

  12. PR Mace Says...

    On March 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Excellent information and again I like this format.

  13. Starpisces Says...

    On March 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

    very unique and fun, well presented, keep writing, Brenda.

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