We have to make sure the Oregon Fish and Wildlife realize what a grave mistake they are making. Here is the story as reported by KGW news.
Pet deer saga hits deadlock; family in tears 07:18 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 By ANTONIA GIEDWOYN and kgw.com Staff MOLALLA, Ore. --
Please help us find a way to save Snowball and Bucky!
Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife on Wednesday arrived to take two pet deer from a Molalla family.
Watch the KGW report Franchesca Mantei found the deformed, rare-colored black tail deer named 'Snowball' five years ago. Eventually, another deer mated with Snowball and the deer gave birth to Bucky. But under Oregon law, the animals were being held illegally. Mantei spent most of Wednesday morning bawling. Four Oregon State Police cars were parked in her driveway. Fish & Wildlife officials were staged nearby. After receiving an anonymous tip that the family has been illegally keeping a wild animal as a pet, authorities descended on Mantei's Molalla property Wednesday morning to seize Snowball and Bucky, Snowball's son. In a surprise compromise, ODFW officials granted Mantei permission to release the tame female deer onto the family's own land. But the compromise fell through Wednesday on what to do with the animals and state police arrived to take them in. OSP troopers said they would take the deer in for a checkup and care to see if it would be possible to release them into the wild. If not, officers would try and find a wildlife sanctuary. Because Snowball the deer cannot walk normally, it won't be able to fend for itself once released, even if it remains on the family's property, said Mantei, who has spent the last five years caring for the deer. "Snowball released in my yard will not have a fighting chance... she can't run...with the wild critters in the area and the neighbors' dogs, she'll get mauled. She'll be dead by dark," Mantei said. How It All Began Snowball was on the side of the road by Mantei's house as she drove her children to school five years ago. The young deer's back legs were badly deformed, causing the hooves to cut into the skin every time the deer tried to take a step. Every two weeks for six months, Mantei took the deer to a veterinarian, who fitted it with special casts to correct the deformation, and Snowball learned to walk better. Slideshow: Pictures of Snowball and son "If they can't figure out what to do with her, who can take her, they'll put her down," Mantei said, trying to hold back tears. She hopes authorities will give her enough time to locate a deer sanctuary willing to take Snowball. SHARE/READ: Comments "So much wasted money... all of this over a crippled little happy deer," Mantei said. Authorities still plan to remove Bucky, the young buck with growing antlers and normal legs. Bucky will likely be rereleased into the wild. About 20 other animals, including pot-bellied pigs and turkeys, roam the Manteis' five acres. Also: Pet elk released into wild in Tillamook Before a person removes any animal from the wild, he or she should call ODFW or Oregon State Police, officials recommend. More: ODFW explains reasons for wildlife rules Under state law, removing or capturing wildlife and keeping wildlife in captivity without a permit are considered Class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $6,250 fine. (KGW reporter Pat Dooris also contributed to this story)
My husband, Dave Connelly and I are trying to find some way we can help these poor bewildered deer and the heartbroken family.
I have written to the US Humane Society and the West Coast Game Park in Bandon,OR. Do you have any ideas or help you could offer?