Deer are ruminant animals belonging to the family Cervidae (hoofed mammals). Male deer are called stags, harts, img_8119bucks, or bulls, while female deer are called hinds, does, or cows. Young deer are termed fawns or calfs.

The WMC is only capable of taking in fawns until they lose their spots. For sub-adult or adult deer, either contact your local law enforcement agency or call the large animal clinic at 217-333-2000.

Does typically have one or two fawns at a time between May and September. Gestation is 6.5 months. A fawn’s eyes open at birth, and they can walk and run on their own within a couple of hours. They wean at 4 months, although the fawn can run with the mother up to a year.

A mother will often leave her offspring hidden in some tall grass while she forages for food. Rather than considering this abandonment, this practice actually serves to attract less attention to the fawn. The spots on the fawn’s back serve as a form of camouflage, giving the effect of dappled light. To protect themselves from predators, fawns have no scent for the first month of their lives and typically lay motionless to attract little attention.

If you have found a deer that is in need, please refer to our Wildlife Help and Resources page: