Baby deer rescued due to close cooperation between ranger and farmers

Baby deer rescued due to close cooperation between ranger and farmers

In the Loonse en Drunense Duinen nature reserve in the Netherlands, mowing in the breeding season is not without risks. In the high grass you may find nests with eggs, young hares, young birds and fawns (baby deer).

To avoid them being killed by the mower, Natuurmonumenten works very closely together with farmers. Once the farmers want to mow their land, they let Natuurmonumenten know. Then a ranger comes by to check the pastures with his trained dog. Recently this cooperation between Natuurmonumenten and a farmer in the Loonse en Drunense Duinen nature reserve saved a baby deer.  

 Ranger Jan Meesters is assisted by his faithful dog Børr. It is specially trained to detect fawns. Dune farmer Sjaak Sprangers recently asked for their help, because he wanted to mow his pastures at Plantloon, Loonse en Drunense Duinen, for the first time. In the field, he saw many small spots where the grass was crushed, because a fawn had lain there. He therefore wanted to be sure. Fortunately!

Børr scanned the pasture while being on a leash and then indicated that he had found a fawn. The small animal was driven off to the adjacent pasture in a responsible manner. The calf very wisely stayed there to wait for his mother, who followed what happended at safe distance. To be certain, the ranger and his dog walked in front of the cutter bar while dune farmer Sjaak continued mowing, but no more fawns or other animals were found.

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