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It's not something you get to see every day or maybe in a lifetime. But we've been hearing from a lot of viewers recently seeing young deer very up close. Some have been in backyards and others behind businesses. We asked experts why that might be and what you should or shouldn't do if you come across one.

In his 13 years living near a wooded area in the middle of Rock Island Bruce Duling is used to seeing deer around his home. He even protects his plants from them. But he's never been up close to a little fawn before

until he came across one last week while working in the yard.

"It didn't move at all it was just so cute, just sat there and didn't even look like it was breathing," said Duling. The fawn was in some landscaping right near the side of his house. He snapped a couple of pictures as it was curled up probably just hours old. Its mother was no where to be seen but conservation officers say that's actually pretty normal.

"A lot times people will see baby fawns and will be alarmed by it but actually the mothers will leave for period of time and come back and a lot of people don't realize that," said CPO William Gilmer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The best thing to do is just leave it alone. Over in North Davenport that's what Ben Palmer knew to do when he found two newborn deer behind Tri-City Electric Company.

"It does seem like a weird spot but back here there's a lot of farm land and trees. As they build up around here it's going to be less and less but I do see deer from time to time out back," said Palmer.

Both cases are probably just chance encounters along with the numerous others spotted up close in the Quad Cities recently. According to the DNR the deer population has remained stable and actually fewer are being harvested.

"Places are becoming more highly populated and sometimes if you do go into their area they tend to be seen more," said Gilmer.

It is illegal in Illinois and Iowa to take one in to care for and keep. But if you want some memories to keep experts say it's okay to get just close enough for a few fawn photographs. If you do encounter a baby and know for certain the mother is injured or has died, call the DNR. There are certified rehabbers who can take care of them.

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