Careful, Baby Deer Crossing!

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, deer fawns are born during April, May and June in South Carolina and will begin daily movements with their mothers in about three or four weeks.

That means you will begin to see them around Seabrook Island with their moms.  As with most moms, the does can’t keep their eyes on the fawns all the time.  Unfortunately, the babies can jump into the road in the blink of an eye. Often, when you think they all have crossed the road, a straggler leaps out.

Keep an eye out for them as you drive and bike around the island. As always, please DO NOT feed the deer. They eat many different types of food, including leaves, buds, twigs of woody trees , wild herbs, seeds, grass and mushrooms. There is plenty for them to choose from on Seabrook Island and if you feed them, they will not learn to forage. You are doing more harm to them than good.

Did you know that the White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is the official state animal of South Carolina? Click here for more information. The SC Department of Natural Resources also has interesting facts about deer.

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