The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is asking people to steer clear of the baby deer.

In a post on its Facebook page, the DEEP explained that this time of year — between late May and mid-June — is typically when deer fawns are born and “everyone is reminded to avoid disturbing or picking them up. It is best to keep your distance because the fawn’s mother is almost always nearby.”

The post goes on to explain that, when people see a small fawn alone, “they often mistakenly assume it is helpless, lost, or needing to be rescued. Fawns do not attempt to evade predators during their first few weeks. Instead, they rely on camouflage and stillness to remain undetected.”

Deer also nurse their young at different times during the day and often leave their young alone for long periods of time.

To help people remember to leave the little ones be, the post offer one final, rhyming bit of advice: “If you care, leave it there!”

Connecticut Media Group