Each June, well-intentioned people pull up to the Ponti Veterinary Clinic with fawns they found all alone in Northwest forests.
Wildlife rehabilitator Marilyn Omlor, who works at the clinic, wants people to know: these fawns don't need your help. Most are not orphaned, but they are victims of a crime: fawn-napping.
Taking wildlife into captivity is a misdemeanor in the Northwest, with fines of up to $540 in Washington and $25 to $1,000 in Idaho.
Deer sometimes hide their fawns and leave the area for hours at a time.
"It's really hard to make people understand that," said Omler, who's caring for four fawns, but she believes only one was orphaned - a dead doe was discovered nearby.
Omler feeds the fawns goat-milk formula three times a day but says she's no substitute for a mother deer.
"If you come upon a fawn, look at it; take some pictures; and walk away," she said.
Wildlife officials don't know what to do.
"People just have a hard time leaving a cute, little fawn alone," said Chip Corsi, regional supervisor for Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Coeur d'Alene.