INDIANAPOLIS - State officials want to remind you not to play the hero if you encounter wild animals that seem to need help this summer.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said this is the peak season for running into white-tailed deer fawns.
"If you come across one that appears to be abandoned, the best thing to do is leave it alone," DNR officials wrote.
The DNR said a mother deer frequently leaves its fawn during the day. It does this both to look for food, and to deter predators from finding the fawn, as fawns emit nearly no scent.
"People often mistake a fawn as abandoned when, in fact, it is being properly cared for by its mother," the DNR said.
Here are some tips if you encounter a fawn out in nature this season:
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