Only orphaned, injured, and sick fawns should be assisted. These fawns should be immediately transported to a local wildlife rehabilitator that is permitted to take fawns.
Calling the wildlife rehabilitator first will not only alert them to your emergency but will also enable them to inform you about local laws and regulations. Not all states allow the rehabilitation of deer of any age, including fawns.
Even states that allow rehab may not have a rehabilitator locally or may not allow deer to be rehabbed from certain areas. For example: as of this writing, Pennsylvania allows the rehabilitation of fawns in much of the state, except for quarantine locations where chronic wasting disease is present. The potential of moving the disease to other areas is too great to allow deer to be transported from these areas.
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