Mama Deer vs the coyotes: A close call for one of the fawns

In early June this year, when our Mama Deer’s 2 fawns were 3 weeks old, they survived a daylight coyote attack. Mama chased the coyotes off and they left hungry. You can watch that story here https://youtu.be/Mng4pMXKV7Y or on our website at https://texasbackyardwildlife.com/mama-deer-vs-the-coyotes-a-fight-for-the-fawns.

We are visited by coyotes most nights and the other animals know to be wary of them. The coyotes use the dry creek as an east-west highway. Usually, they pass through the yard and then carry on. On 25 August, though, just before midnight, a coyote encountered a fawn just outside our creek gate and this time around it was a very close call.

The fawns were born on 16 May, so by late August they were over 3 months old. Mama had cut them loose somewhat and they weren’t always by her side. When the coyote attacked, Mama was grazing in the backyard, about 100 ft / 30 m away, but she heard the commotion and raced to the rescue.

The fawn suffered a deep bite to the right thigh but survived and has recovered well. The coyote, once again, left hungry.

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