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Help wild animals, or not?

Posted Monday, June 9, 2008, at 10:38 PM

Check out what's happening to a man in Canada who tried to help a young deer.


Something similar could easily happen here, considering the large number of deer-car wrecks.

Should abandoned or injured young wild animals be helped, as some say, or left to fend for themselves?

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I read the story and I believe that he did the right thing...If he had just called someone instead the fawn would have died....If it was me I would have done the same thing this man did...There was no time to wait and make a phone and then wait for someone to get there...the fawn would have died...He did a wonderful thing and he should be Thanked instead of scared to death worring about if he is going to be fined....I hope this does not scare him off from doing another good deed....

-- Posted by rebelrose on Tue, Jun 10, 2008, at 8:40 AM

I think the man in the story did the right thing, and I also think that if the same situation happenned here that it would not make national news. I doubt that he will be brought up on any sort of charges, but it he did, it wouldn't really surprise me because Canadians are really strict on a lot of things (like this, where it wouldn't be such a big deal to authorities).

I agree with rebelrose, he should be thanked instead of investigated - it's not every man that would stop to help an injured deer.

-- Posted by cfrich on Tue, Jun 10, 2008, at 9:07 AM

We have rescued baby animals before. We call the state and ask them what they want us to do. We have never been threatened with legal action.

Most we have either returned to the wild or given to an approved wildlife specialist. I have to admit though that finding and contacting that person has sometimes been a challenge.

In this situation, he did the right thing, but should have contacted the wildlife folks, but I understand his desire to help and raise the fawn.

Having the law keeps many babies actually safer because we humans would want to have them as pets and we are not prepared. Maybe this fellow was, but the vast majority would probably do more harm than good.

We raised a blue jay that fell out of a nest. We could not find a licensed handler at that time and it was a real challenge. (Bless you mother birds)

We taught "Brandon" how to catch insects and eat seeds and eventually he left us for his kin. He would come back during the first year and 'buzz' us or land near us and yak, yak.

We like to think he is the one who comes to our back deck and yaks, but I can no longer confirm that and I don't know if his lifespan would be 10 years. Maybe he taught his offspring?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 10, 2008, at 12:26 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.