Fawn Spotting

by Carl Strang

One of the first postings in this blog was about identifying the gender of older fawns . Now that we have a new crop of them, I want to bring up the possibility of recognizing individuals by their distinctive spotting patterns. Here is a tiny fawn that enchanted us at Fullersburg Woods a couple years ago when it curled up beside the office building one day.

Fawn 2b

Compare its spotting pattern to that of the fawn below, encountered 42 days later not far from the office building.

Fawn Wildflower Trail b

It’s the same animal. I draw your attention to the smiley face pattern on the upper right shoulder, the trio of spots to the right of it, and the large area empty of spotting above it. Here’s another example.

Triplet fawns 13b

The above photo I took July 17. Compare it to the next, taken August 27.

Later triplet fawn 2b

Again I feel confident in declaring these photos to be of the same individual. Spotting patterns on fawns appear to be distinctive, and as long as they last you can use them to keep track of animals in areas you visit regularly.

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