Michigan DNR officials encourage people to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring, but remind them to do it from a distance. This time of year, it’s not uncommon to spot fawns lying alone in a thicket or tall grass. What some people fear is abandonment is actually a mother deer’s way of preventing her young from being detected by predators. Because fawns are virtually odorless for the first several weeks of their lives, mothers will leave them unattended to avoid drawing attention to their location. If you do come across a fawn, the best course of action is to leave it alone. However, if a fawn is injured or known to be orphaned, call a local wildlife rehabilitator immediately.