Fawning Season

Fawning season is well underway for BC’s two native deer species. Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are found across most of BC except for the extreme North. White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are found in BC’s Southern Interior, Central BC and sections of the northeast. Both have one or two and rarely three fawns in late-May or June. For the first few months the fawns are light tan with white spots. These spots are thought to help camouflage them when their mothers leave them to go off feeding. The mothers do this regularly as the young slow them down and hinder them while they try to gain the nutrition needed for nursing. The fawns are weaned by the end of summer but start to consume vegetation before then. BC’s other cervids (members of the greater deer family) are also raising young at this time; Elk (Cervus canadensis), Moose (Alces alces) and Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) cows are raising their calves in many places across the province.

 

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