Found a Deer or Fawn?

Injured Adult Deer

It is common to find mule deer with a hurt leg or other injury due to being hit by a car. Deer also risk entanglement in fencing, garden netting, and other human infrastructure. 

Rehabilitation of adult deer in the State of Oregon is prohibited due to the risk of further injuring themselves in a captive environment. If you believe a deer is suffering and will not survive, contact the Oregon State Police or Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department for euthanasia. Otherwise, it is best to leave it be. These animals can survive and even thrive on three legs.


Orphaned Fawns

It is common for mother deer to leave fawns alone for long periods of time. Fawns have no scent so they do not attract predators. It is always best to monitor from a distance if you suspect a fawn might be orphaned.

  • If you suspect a fawn is orphaned...
    • Leave the fawn where they are and give them space
    • Look for these signs when determining if the fawn is truly orphaned:
      • Obvious injury
      • Curling of the tips of the ears indicative of chronic dehydration
      • Presence of maggots
      • Diarrhea
      • Fawn lying flat out on its side with its legs extended
      • Extreme and continuous vocalizations for an extended period of time
    • Special notes: 
      • Fawns found with their dead mother or those born as a result of a pregnant doe being hit by a vehicle, are the only fawns we label as true orphans
      • Never attempt to feed them under any circumstances
      • Repeated visits to a fawn can draw the attention of predators, and could discourage the mother from returning. Leave the area, and ensure pets stay away.

Please contact the wildlife hotline for guidance on deer and fawns: (541) 241-8680

Conflicts with Deer?

  • Hanging CD’s, may not work if deer are used to urban living
  • Planting deer resistant plants, such as Poppies, Yarrow, Lupine, Catmint, Bee Balm, Coreopsis, and more!
  • Using chicken wire to create a barrier to protect trees
  • Fencing that is at least 8 feet high and planted firmly in the ground
  • Using motion-sensing noise makers or sprinklers
  • Deer repellant spray


Learn more about solving problems with deer here.

Learn more about our humane wildlife services program here.

Learn about wildlife-friendly fencing here.