A new life was born
in the woods.
He slept alone in the tall grass.
Was he lost?
The animals of the forest
wanted to know.
Purchase the book, plush fawn
and nature images
at CarlSams.com, the wildlife photography site for Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick.
You may also purchase products by visiting StrangerintheWoods.com and find out more about Carl and Jean's previous children's book, winner of national and international honors.
Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc.
361 Whispering Pines
Milford, MI 48380
|If you find a fawn ...
If you find a fawn alone in the woods, leave it be. In most cases, it is not lost. It is doing what nature intended hiding from predators until its mother returns. Leave the fawn alone so that the mother doe has a chance to return. If the fawn has not moved after a day, contact your local DNR office and ask for their recommendation.
White-tail deer fawns are usually born between late May and early July. Newborn fawns have very little scent, a strong defense which allows them to hide from predators.
A fawn is able to stand and walk within a few hours after birth but will not be strong enough to follow its mother until it is several weeks old. So during these first few weeks of life, a fawn spends most of its time alone and hiding with its spots. If the mother doe were to stay with her newborn fawn, she has a greater chance of attracting predators. So instead, the mother doe allows her fawn to hide alone but returns every few hours to feed it milk.
Make a donation to save a fawn
K Weston is a wildlife rehabilitator who let us photograph orphaned fawns for Lost in the Woods. In fact, the fawn on the cover of the book was actually attacked by a dog, and K nursed it back to health. K is a retired teacher who raises and releases orphaned fawns every year . . . using her own money. She feeds them, gives them veterinary care and cares for them until they are strong enough to go back into the wild.
K is a very special lady, who dedicates all her spare time in the spring and summer to caring for fawns having cared for up to 21 fawns at one time. She estimates that she spends around $300 per fawn per year. If you would like to make a donation to help save a fawn, send it to:
11536 East 46 Rd.
Cadillac, MI 49601