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movements away from the birth site,
coupled with thick vegetation, can make
finding a fawn difficult."
But there was an additional research
benefit for capturing any fawns bore by
does with VITs.
"When we capture a fawn that
belongs to a GPS-collared doe, we can
tell how much time they spend together,"
explained Rosenberry. "The GPS collars
on our does detect the fawn's collar, and
tell us when they are together at hourly
intervals. As a result, we can look at a
doe's movements and interpret some of
the fawn's movements."
Rosenberry used as an example a
doe on the Susquehannock State Forest
with twin fawns. She had a home range
of 1.4 square miles from when she was
captured in March until May 24, when
she dropped her fawns.
"During the first four weeks after she
birthed the fawns, the doe was within
100 yards of them 50 to 60 percent of
the time," Rosenberry said. "It really
demonstrates why people should not
assume a fawn is abandoned if the doe

isn't seen.
"The doe," he noted, "spent almost
half of her time away from the fawns, yet
both have survived through their first few
weeks of life."
So the doe's home range shrank
correspondingly with the birth of her
fawns. But the telemetry data collected
also showed that with each passing week,
the doe slowly extended her home range.
It went from 0.1 square miles in the first
week after birth to 0.3 square miles when
the fawns were 4 weeks old.

Plants and Predator Saturation

Fawns are born in a tight window,
usually in the last week of May and first
two weeks of June. It's a birth pulse, at
least in northern deer herds, that is driven
by plant development.
Fawns need to be born late enough
to have plants for cover and food, yet
early enough to pack on the muscle and
fat they'll need to be to make it through
winter, Wallingford said. Timing is
everything, because it ensures a majority
of the fawns will make it to winter's

A fawn is fitted with a telemetry collar during the first week of June. As you read this, the
youngster is preparing to grow its first winter coat and lose its spots.
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