Maren Dodge just finished up sixth grade at Amery Middle School. Her summer started off with some excitement as she and her father helped rescue this orphaned baby deer whose mother had been struck by a car.

Batman and Robin, Captain America and Bucky Barnes, Spider-Man and the Human Torch; the only thing better than a super hero is two super heroes. You can now add the dynamic duo of Ty and Maren Dodge to that list. What started as a casual drive, turned into a recent rescue mission for the Amery father and daughter team.

Maren shared that as she was driving down the road with her father, they came across a fawn that was trying to nurse on its mother. The mother was deceased after being hit by a car. They were unsure of its age, but thought it was pretty young due to the fact it was still trying to nurse. “My first thought when I saw the baby deer was, ‘We need to save it’ I was almost in a panic to save it, but my dad said we had to do some research before we took it,” Maren said. 

The pair eventually took the deer into their vehicle with them. They traveled to Maren’s mother’s house where they took some time to figure out what was the best plan for the fawn. Maren said, “Holding the deer was exciting. The baby deer responded pretty well with being held. It peacefully laid on my lap and only kicked when we hit large bumps in the road and when we drove past an open field.”

The Dodges decided to bring the deer to Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue in Frederic. The rescued animal center and its Director Tamara Larson, has access to experienced rehabilitators. Wildlife rehabilitation is temporary care for injured, sick and orphaned animals with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. Recent animals brought to Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue have included deer, bear cubs, goslings, raccoons, fox, squirrel and baby birds. The family owned and operated center dedicates countless hours to helping animals get fixed up and rehabbed back to health so they can return to their natural environment.

The Wisconsin DNR website gives tips for determining if animals are truly orphaned and guidance on evaluating wildlife situations and choosing appropriate courses of action. Contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately if you have determined that a wild animal is sick, injured, or truly orphaned. Never attempt to rehabilitate wildlife on your own. Wisconsin’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators are specially trained to provide temporary care and treatment to wild animals for the purpose of release back into the wild. “I wanted to keep the baby deer at first, but I knew it was the right thing to bring it to a professional,” Maren said. The Wisconsin DNR website contains a directory of wildlife rehabilitators including the center where Ty and Maren Dodge brought the fawn.

12-year-old Maren will never forget the experience she shared with her father of helping the fawn. She said her favorite part was getting to hold the spotted baby. Now that the deer has been turned over to other caring individuals. Maren’s hands are full this summer caring for her five birds and new puppy.


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