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DNREC: Don't Rescue Apparently Abandoned Wildlife

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State wildlife officials are warning residents that removing apparently abandoned young fawns does more harm than good.

Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Joe Rogerson says this is the fawning season for white-tailed deer in Delaware. But he said that fawns that appeared to be abandoned probably aren't alone.

Newborn fawns need to feed every few hours, so does do not stray far. Rogerson says the survival instinct of a newborn fawn is to stay still and hide from predators.

Officials say in Delaware, it is illegal to possess a live white-tailed deer.

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