Solo the Rescued Sitka Black Tailed Fawn

On June 29th, AWCC staff received an orphaned sitka black tailed deer from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, arriving on Alaska Airlines Flight 67 from Ketchikan. The orphaned fawn will spend the rest of its days at the Portage facility.

The fawn, named “Solo” wandered into a family’s yard in Edna Bay in Southeast Alaska and spent time with the couple’s dogs, all the time not eating and becoming weaker and weaker. The couple took action and began giving him a bottle, and after days of their caretaking the little one began to regain his strength. Meanwhile, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center was working with officials from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to take Solo in.

On Friday, Fish & Game officials loaded the fawn onto Alaska Airlines flight 67, and he arrived that evening in Anchorage where AWCC staff took possession of him.

Solo will join the sitka deer Jewlie, who has lived at the Center since 2004. “We are glad to add another deer to AWCC”, said Mike Miller, the Center’s executive director. “Jewlie has been holding down the fort here for the last several years on her own, and it will be good to get another deer in with her.”

The fawn will be on display as soon as he is deemed healthy enough to do so.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a 501 c 3 corporation dedicated to conserving Alaska’s Wildlife through education, and quality animal care. They are located at mile 79 of the Seward Highway and open from 8 AM to 8 PM daily. Find them online at

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