Mother deer can leave their fawns for up to 48 hours and come back to them.

It’s fawn kidnapping season

This is the time of year when new born fawns begin to appear.

Though they may appear to be alone and abandoned the mother just maybe the off foraging for food and will return to her fawn.

“A doe can leave her fawn for up to 48 hours,” said Warren Warttig, MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre president and professional biologist. “The new born may not be an orphan. And if, through good intentions, the fawn is captured and taken to a wildlife refuge – it’s just like kidnapping.”

Each year, the wildlife centre rescues and cares for young fawns until they can be released to the wild. Last year, MARS rescued and cared for 30 fawns until they were old enough to be released to the wild again.

“If you find a fawn that is abandoned or orphaned, call us and we will rescue the deer,” said Wildlife Rescue Coordinator Reg Westcott. “We can care for these young deer and prepare them for release when they are ready to go.”

MARS, a licensed and regulated facility, has provided rescues, rehabilitation, recovery and release for injured and orphaned wildlife in central and northern Vancouver Island since 1995.

With more than 800 cases in 2015, this volunteer powered, donor funded organization is building a new, larger hospital and recovery centre in the Comox Valley.

Just Posted

Parksville water project seeks new manager

City operations manager moving to new job with RDN

Coming to Canada ‘like a dream’

Syrian family meets volunteers, councillor after living in Parksville for one month

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

Workers evacuated due to gas smell in Parksville

Firefighters, Fortis unable to find source, and workers back to work

Qualicum Beach makes list of top places to visit in 2018

Expedia Canada surveyed 1,000 Canadians for the list

Parksville MakerSpace members ride the rails

New room added for model train enthusiasts; workshop set for Jan. 21

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

UPDATE: Police continue to seek missing Qualicum Beach woman

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

Woman in Nanaimo buys $70 worth of ice cream with allegedly stolen debit card

Purchase said to have occurred on Jan. 11 at 2 a.m. at Nicol General Store

Most Read