City urges caution and common sense as fawning season begins

Late May through June is the time of year does give birth to their fawns.

  • May. 8, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to exercise both caution and common sense this spring, as the fawning season approaches for deer, according to the City of Cranbrook

Late May through June is the time of year does give birth to their fawns. Does will drive away their offspring from the previous year and look for a secluded place to give birth.

Deer have one or two fawns per year, and triplets do occur once in a while.

The white-spotted fawn relies on its coloration, lack of scent and silence for protection.

It is quite common for does to leave fawns hidden while they forage in the area, returning occasionally to nurse. If you come across a fawn, it is best to leave it alone.

It is also important for residents to remember that does with fawns can be quite aggressive.

“Please do not approach deer or their fawns,” said Mayor Wayne Stetski. “Does may have their fawns in secluded backyards, so property owners should be vigilant. If your presence creates a response from the deer, like a change in stance, ear position or physical movement, you are too close.”

Give the deer plenty of space to either move or leave the area. Do not walk closer to the deer, choose another route. Be sure to walk your dog on a leash and be ready to let go of the leash if a deer attacks.

Any acts of deer aggression where public safety is at risk should be reported. The City of Cranbrook and the provincial Conservation Officer Service each keep track of these instances of aggression.

To report an incident to the Conservation Officer Service, please call 1-877-952-7277. To report an incident to the City of Cranbrook, please call 250-426-4211 or email urbandeer@cranbrook.ca.

The City of Cranbrook has an information brochure, “Living with Urban Deer”, which is available for pick up at City Hall or by downloading a copy from the City’s website – www.cranbrook.ca.