Have you seen a fawn on your hike? White-tailed deer often protect their young from predators such as dogs or coyotes by hiding them in a variety of areas. The fawn is often left for periods of time by the doe; this is normal. The mother is not dead or has not abandoned the fawn. The doe leaves the immediate area for up to several hours to forage and tend to her own needs periodically, but remains within calling distance of the fawn. More than likely, you will never see the adult deer (doe) near the fawn except during nighttime hours.
Unfortunately, fawns are killed by domestic dogs and/or displaced by visitors at Radnor Lake who interrupt this natural cycle during this time of year.
If you come upon a fawn and it is alone, please remember that this is a natural occurrence. If you would like to help, ensure your dog is on a leash/controlled at all times and do not touch the fawn at anytime!!!!
Any visitor handling or feeding wildlife will be charged under the State Natural Areas Preservation Act (T.C.A. 11-1-108) for harassment of wildlife.
Thank you for your understanding and enjoy your hike!