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It’s the Time of Year to Stay Clear of Mother Deer

Young fawn deer grasses grass

It’s the Time of Year to Stay Clear of Mother Deer

Spring isn’t just a time for blooming flowers and the return to warmer weather, it’s also a time when local female deer (doe) in Cincinnati birth new baby fawns. Doe’s sometimes return to the same area, year after year to give birth to their young.

For the first few weeks of a fawn’s life they stay in the same area, not able to move around easily, a very fragile state, because of this mother deer become protective. Occasionally they will charge other animals when they get too close to the area where their fawn is located, this can include humans.

This is very important to keep in mind as you visit any Cincinnati Park in spring, especially in late May going into June. If you go hiking or walking in a park and you see a female deer in the distance, make sure to STAY CLEAR. We want every park visitor to be as safe as they possibly can be, and its best to practice caution when you spot a doe this time of year.

Another item to note, sometimes a lucky hiker will come along a lone fawn resting in a field or forest. It appears this fawn is abandoned. Rest assured, it is not. The fawn’s protective mother is almost certainly watching you, and you will almost certainly not see her doing so. Please do not approach or attempt to move a lone fawn. The fawn is fine, and is not in need of help.

More specifically Cincinnati Parks has a returning mother deer in Eden Park near Playhouse in the Park. At this time we ask everyone to be very mindful of nature, and try to avoid the walking trails around Playhouse in the Park, so the doe and the fawn can progress through this delicate time in their lives with ease.

Please always remember we share our parks with wildlife, we must be respectful of their lives and let wildlife be.