It’s Fawning Time on Whidbey Island

It’s Fawning Time on Whidbey Island

The birthing season for black-tailed deer on Whidbey Island takes place in May and June. Females often have twins, which are born with a full coat of hair, and with their eyes open. Fawns can stand up within 10 minutes and are walking within seven hours. They lose their white spots in about five months.

Healthy baby fawns are left alone daily by their mothers, who forage for food before returning to nurse. The young are isolated on purpose for their own protection. Fawns resting alone are not abandoned and should never be disturbed.

“There’s nothing wrong with taking a few pictures of the deer from a safe distance,” said Ralph Downes, a local officer with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department. “Many here are used to seeing, smelling, and hearing humans, so they usually don’t pay too much attention to us.” However, he cautions they are still wild animals and can be unpredictable.

Whidbey Island’s deer population is abundant, due in part to the geography and vegetation, as well as to having few natural predators. At Camp Casey, they are just one of many animals you will likely encounter, including raptors, rabbits, and shorebirds.

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