- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Deer that were protecting newborn fawns have killed two dogs in Helena, prompting the city and state wildlife officials to remind residents to keep their animals under control and abide by the leash laws.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Sgt. Dave Loewen tells the Independent Record (https://bit.ly/1sEYztz ) that the does are stashing their fawns and if a dog starts barking, the doe sees it as a threat.

The dogs that were killed were smaller breeds. In both cases, Loewen says the owners understood that the does were protecting their young. The deer will not be removed.

Helena’s urban mule deer give birth in June, and some have twins and triplets.

Loewen says FWP received a report Tuesday of someone picking up a fawn believing it was abandoned. He reminds residents not to handle fawns.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com

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