FAQS - Deer

I have found an injured adult deer by the side of the road / I’ve hit a deer with my car

If the deer is causing a hazard on the road, please put your hazard lights on to protect both you and the deer.  Never try to pick up an injured deer without expert help.  The main aim is to try to keep the animal calm until help arrives.  Cover its head with a blanket or coat, keeping well away from antlers and hooves, both of which can inflict a serious injury. Please call The Wildlife Aid Foundation and we will send help as soon as possible.

I have seen an adult deer with an injured leg

Unfortunately if it is at all mobile, we will not be able to catch it. A mobile deer, even on 3 legs, can still run faster and further than a would‐be rescuer.   Please approach the deer carefully with a broom, and attempt to give it a gentle shove with the prickly end of the broom.  If the deer does not run away, but remains on the ground then a centre should be able to come and attempt a rescue.

I have found a fawn lying in undergrowth, with no sign of an adult deer

Do not touch the fawn!  If the fawn is lying down but with its head up and eyes bright and alert it has almost certainly just been left by its mother while she moves away to feed and should not be disturbed or picked up unless in imminent danger from dogs or machinery. Do not stroke it or touch it in any way as human scent will almost certainly cause its mother to abandon it. Watch the fawn from a distance, preferably by using binoculars, to see if the mother returns. Young deer are often left alone for several hours at a time so you can check it again later. If the mother does not return by dusk, call The Wildlife Aid Foundation for help and advice.

I have found a fawn, and it is injured / cold / crying.

Do not touch the fawn! Observe the fawn for a couple of hours in case the mother is close by.  However, if the mother does not return then have she may been killed in a road accident, or disturbed by dogs and abandoned the fawn.  It is also possible that the mother has abandoned the fawn because she knows it is sick.  Call The Wildlife Aid Foundation for advice.  If you are asked to bring the fawn in it should be wrapped up warmly.  If possible some else should drive so the fawn can be held securely.

There is an adult deer in my garden, and it cannot get out.

If the deer can get in, it can almost certainly get out!! A deer can easily jump a 2 metre fence and will usually find its way out when it gets bored.  Often deer choose back gardens and secluded spots to rest up during the day, and will usually move away under the cover of darkness. Do not approach it as it will cause it stress.  Open all available gates and leave the deer until the next morning, and you’ll probably find it’s moved on.

Some useful telephone numbers:

RSPCA: 0300 1234 999
British Deer Society: 01425 655434