Lanarkshire residents urged to be #WildlifeWise and leave young deer in the wild

The Scottish SPCA is reminding locals in Lanarkshire to be #WildlifeWise and leave baby deer in the wild.

The animal welfare charity has issued the reminder after a number of fawns came in to their care after being uplifted by well-meaning members of the public.

Of the four fawn admitted to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre from 18 to 23 May, three of those were taken from their natural environment.

In many cases, people mistake the animals as abandoned by their parents when in fact they have been left while mum forages for food or is looking for a new nesting site.

Sadly, one of the fawns has already had to be put to sleep on medical grounds as the young deer was showing signs of severe stress, also known as capture myopathy.

Steve Gray from the wildlife centre told Lanarkshire Live : “We know people have the best intentions, but removing wild animals from their natural habitat can do more harm than good.

“Deer suffer from such extreme stress levels, more so than many other wild animals, that in some cases it can be life-threatening.

“By removing a fawn when there is no need to, it can cause great distress to mother and baby.”