Wildlife Officials: Don't Rescue Single Fawns

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rescuing solitary fawns that seem abandoned often does more harm than good.

State wildlife officials say more people are taking young animals to wildlife rehabilitators and inadvertently taking the animals away from their mothers, which are likely to return with food.

University of Tennessee veterinary technician Nancy Zagaya said she usually tells would-be rescuers to take the animals back to their habitats.

Zagaya said fawns are safe by themselves because they have a white-spotted coat that helps them blend into their surroundings and are scentless to predators.

East Tennesseans brought seven fawns during one recent week to UT's veterinary hospital, one as small as three pounds.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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