We recommend that you do not attempt to rescue an injured or sick deer yourself. Special precautions need to be taken when dealing with this type of wild animal. They can be very frightened and lash out at you with their sharp hooves or their antlers. The best thing to do is to keep an eye on the animal until a Fish and Game agent, animal control officer, or an experienced California Wildlife Center volunteer arrives at the scene.
Spotted fawns found hiding in the brush should be left alone as the mother may be nearby and waiting for you to retreat. Check on the fawn 12 hours later and if it is still there it may be orphaned. The mom might leave the fawn in one place for 24 hours. If the fawn is seen running around aimlessly, it is likely abandoned. If the animal is in immediate danger, proceed very cautiously when moving it to a safer spot until an experienced person arrives. It is best to keep minimal contact with the animal as they stress easily.