ENFIELD — Police Chief Roy Holland didn’t know what to do with the subject he had in custody this week, a recently born fawn brought in by a concerned resident.
“It definitely was scared,” Holland said.
An Enfield man spotted the fawn on the road Monday morning, Holland said. The man first moved the fawn out of the road, and into some nearby high grass. About an hour later, the man was on his way to work and saw the fawn again, lying down in the road.
The man put the fawn on his motorcycle and brought it to the police station. Holland called New Hampshire Fish and Game, who told him to put it back as soon as possible.
“They told us to immediately take it back,” Holland said.
Does are known to leave their fawns for hours at a time as they go foraging for food. The fawns tend to lie down, not moving much, till their mothers return, Holland said.
“Fawns don’t have a defense mechanism,” Holland said. “That’s what they do when they get scared.”
Police received numerous deer calls Monday from people around town, Holland said. There’s at least one other doe and fawn in the area, and people are concerned when they see the fawn alone.
Holland said lone fawns are most likely fine. “If you see one, leave it alone,” he said.
The mothers do return, sometimes around dusk, to care for their fawns, Holland said. They fawns don’t need to be rescued, he said.
If a fawn is in the road, Holland said it’s OK to move the animal to some nearby tall grass or the wood-line. The mother will still find the baby, he said.