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East Texas game warden: Don't touch the deer

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

It's six month's until deer season but Texas game wardens are busy in the East Texas areas densely populated with white tail deer.

Tim Walker and other game wardens have been patrolling areas around hunting ranges and urban areas looking for signs of fawn.
many times the fawn will not be around their mother.

"This is the time of year we start to see them," Walker said. "They come out in the first weeks of May and will go away in July. It's natural and we want people to understand that."

Walker said sometimes the fawn will find their way into populated areas... and that's where issues arise.

"Many times she will leave the fawn there by themselves but the fawn will get up and mill around a little bit and lay back down," Walker said. "Many people think the doe has orphaned her fawn so we encourage people to leave the deer alone and don't pick them up."

Walker explained the doe is out looking for food that will produce milk for the baby. Walker said the doe is nearby but wont return if the fawn is not by themselves.

"The doe will stay away because she will not want to hurt herself," Walker said. "We encourage people to go put the deer back if they find one in their flower bed and just leave the area. Put the dog up because we do not want the dog running around it. The dog could bite it and leave a fatal wound."

Although it looks like you are helping the deer and being a good Samaritan, Walker said sometimes moving the deer does more harm then good.

"We are sentencing them to death," Walker said. "We take the deer to a rehab when we receive them and only 50 percent of the fawns make it. many of them die from dehydration."

Walker said if there is a concern it is best to call your area game warden.

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