Last week, I treated 2 large hemlocks at a member’s property against hemlock woolly adelgid. After finishing, I was talking with the member near his porch, and he said, “Oh look a fawn.” I looked out into the field, but saw none. “No,” he whispered. “It’s right there.” Snuggled up against the foundation was a newly dropped fawn. I saw one the week prior in my yard wrapped around the bottom of a Norway spruce seedling. He had been there all the while as I mowed my lawn. I guess the mother feels more comfortable in seeking cover for her fawns near our homes than in the open woods when it comes to predators.


Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association