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Game wardens shoot family’s pet deer in the head while they watched

In Ulysses, Kansas, three local game wardens entered the private home of the Mcgaughey family on December 19 and shot a pet deer in the head four times in front of her caretakers. To the family, the doe, dubbed Faline, was tame but free and had followed them home almost two years ago when she was less than a year-old.game-warden-killed-deer

According to the Wichita Eagle, wildlife authorities contend a socialized wild animal can harm people and spread disease to other animals. Mark Rankin, a law enforcement officer for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism stated his officers had acted appropriately and in the interest of public safety. The family, however doesn’t agree and are devastated by the loss of the pet deer and the heartless way she was killed.

“The deer was unlawfully possessed, and there is no permit available to hold a wild-caught deer as a pet in the state of Kansas,” said Rankin.

Faline wasn’t in any way a wild animal that had ever been kept against her will. According to Taryn Mcgaughey, the daughter of the family who fostered the deer, Faline had followed her mom, Kim, home to their six acre farm. Kim and Faline instantly bonded – no matter how strange that may have sounded, but the doe came and went at will, and Kim was assured by a local game warden that as long as the doe was not confined, all was legal and acceptable. As Kim and Faline became even more emotionally connected, Kim would knit collars on the doe so hunters wouldn’t kill her, and the gentle animal would often play with her young son.game-warden-killed-deer-2

“She was house trained. She would come into the house behind me, sleep on the floor while I watched TV,” Kim told the commission on Thursday at a public meeting in the city of Emporia.

And all was well until Faline went missing in December and the family posted on Facebook asking for help to find the doe. That afternoon the game wardens arrived at Kim Mcgaughey’s workplace  and issued her a ticket for keeping a wild animal. Immediately Kim called three zoos to help place the deer, but before anyone could respond the wardens came to her home, petted Faline on top of her head and repeatedly shot her dead.

Local wildlife organizations have questioned why Faline had to be killed; stating experiences like this can help raise wildlife awareness and the chances of the doe spreading disease were very low. Meanwhile, the family insisted Faline could have been relocated to a wildlife sanctuary, and the gentle deer who thought she was a dog and who would knock her head on the family’s home and bleat to come in, is dead after one of the ranger’s who shot her stated when Kim asked if he was going to shoot the doe in the head stated:

“Yeah, I am…. it’s the most humane way to shut her down – to solve the problem.”

Rest in peace Faline. Photos of pet deer courtesy of Taryn Mcgaughey.

What do you think?

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  1. lilsdad73
    lilsdad73 says:

    How completely insane, and heartless – I feel so sorry for the Mcgaughey family and especially Kim, to have this done right in front of them. What were they thinking…surely each case should be looked at with common sense and some measure of compassion too. Computers you shut down, not animals. Jesus..the Mcgaughey’s couldn’t have done more to be accommodating under already sorrowful circumstances so to have this happen is plain sick.

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  2. Audra Lacey-Ehrlich
    Audra Lacey-Ehrlich says:

    I sickened and heart broken I say shoot the piece of shit in the head who did this in the most humane way we can to protect society from an asshole walking the earth and usring our oxygen.thats what I think god help you you scum bag I’d kill you in a heart beat and think nothing of it. Hope you read this douchebag

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    • Jack H
      Jack H says:

      I agree 100%. These A-holes get a thrill doing this, I don’t care what they say. No excuse for this. The deer or the family were not hurting a damn thing. I am livid over this. This is like someone shoot g my Cocker Spaniel. I would go beserk!!!

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  3. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    That was wrong on there part shot deer did nothing wrong people just helped it out love strong thing comes in different sizes shape color 4 legs 2 legs I am sorry shot it in front of them u should be fired sorry ur suppose to be there for aminals not murder them like that. God see all . Sorry for ur loose I do same thing like u yes I am aminal lover deer would have been welcome in my house to. Hope u get justice for ur loose

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  4. Susie Kroon
    Susie Kroon says:

    Heartbreaking to hear this. It was cruel and inhumane of the game wardens to shoot the deer, who was much loved. The family should have been given time to relocate the deer.

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  5. Kathryn Aldridge
    Kathryn Aldridge says:

    I am INCENSED by this!!! WHY did they have to MURDER her right in front of her family??? I wish those kind and loving people had some recourse, but I sincerely doubt it. Petition, anyone? My heart goes out to you, sweet Faline and your wonderful family, the McGaugheys. My heart is BROKEN. :'( 💔 🌈

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  6. Christine
    Christine says:

    Game wardens = Petulant brutes with guns
    Kansas Game Wardens = Uneducated, often intoxicated petulant brutes with guns

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  7. Barkley's Mom
    Barkley's Mom says:

    Why couldn’t this “socialized wild animal” been sent to a wildlife preserve? I don’t seen the need to kill it! Brainless morons!!!!!!!

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  8. Peggy Schuetz
    Peggy Schuetz says:

    Seriously, sick. What is the matter with our society. why was the answer to shoot a defenseless animal. And initially the family was told , by the same group, that as long as the deer wasn’t restrained. What about the deer that walk into everyone’s backyards!!! The game warden didn’t want to work it out. You know what they say about karma. Horrible actions, by horrible, heartless people.

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  9. Roselyne CORNETTE
    Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Bande d’incapables,vous avez tirez juste pour tuer et maintenant, vous allez vous partager se pauvre bébé, vous n’êtes que des monstres, barbare, assassins.

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  10. maxiemom
    maxiemom says:

    HUMANE????? I don’t think those m***** f****** bastards know the meaning of the word!!! They’re nothing but vile, evil, diseased scum who ENJOY killing for the sake of killing!!! They could have allowed the family to find another place for the deer, or they could have allowed the ORIGINAL DECISION by the local game warden to stand, since the deer wasn’t confined. Instead, these heartless pieces of s*** decided to take their guns in hand and murder the innocent PET because they could, and you and I know they ENJOYED IT because they have no souls. They earned a few more links in their chains for this one.

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  11. Michael John
    Michael John says:

    FIRST, THE ASSHOLE NEEDS TO LOSE HIS JOB AND PENSION, THEY NEED TO BE SUED, AS THEY ARE OUT OF CONTROL AND SOME REAL SICK BASTARDS TO DO THAT TO SOME ONE’S FREE ROAMING PET. LIKE TO SEE THEM TRY THAT KIND OF CRAP HERE IN TEXAS.THIS IS GOVERNMENT OUT OF CONTROL, AND I HOPE PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP TAKES NOTICE OF THIS KIND OF BLATANT MURDER OF ANY ANIMAL THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON IN AMERICA, WITH BAD EXCUSES FROM THE COPS AND WILDLIFE GAME WARDENS FOR THERE REASONS FOR KILLING PEOPLE’S PET’S…..GOD, HOW I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THOSE POOR PEOPLE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM. i HOPE
    THE MURDERING PIECE OF CRAP THAT KILLED THERE PET DEER LIVES THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN MISERY AND PAIN, AND MAY YOUR SORRY MURDERING ASS ROT IN HELL FOR ETERNITY, FOR YOU ARE A HEARTLESS, MURDERING LOW LIFE OF THE LOWEST FORM, YOU ARE LOWER THAN WALE SHIT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN FLOOR……Michael John

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  12. .Linda
    .Linda says:

    This is shi#, they did it to show how big they are . To say I am the boss. That poor deer did nothing to be kill. They should not have let him on there land. He have to catch the deer . You state need to step up and fight about this. And this men need to be fired . They should have the time to find deer a home.

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  13. Ann
    Ann says:

    My father spent a great issue of his life growing up a hunter on a farm, working in the military for 22 years, and then after retiring a park ranger as well.

    As a kid, he too had a pet deer of which he still has a picture of him on the wall that he cherishes dearly. During harsh winters, food scatce, he came home from school.one day and his dear was on the table for dinner. It was traumatizing for him as a child, a noghtmare he never forgot, but a life lesson he now knows was neccessary.

    He was a man with well balanced compassion for life of all kinds, and skilled and trained to know when it was necessary to kill and to NEVER kill unless neccessary.

    As a ranger, you are to protect and serve nature. The way these guys went about this was not Only uncompassionate, but in humane, and uneccessary. They do not deserve the badge or gun they carry, they are lose cannons that need to be removed from position.

    If I was the family who’s heart was shared with this deer, I would push for justice of whatever sort is available.

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  14. Marianne
    Marianne says:

    The Game Warden that did this shooting is nothing but a piece of SHIT! He’s an f’ing MURDERER – A COLD BLOODED murderer. That deer was NO THREAT to anyone. That deer did not deserve to be SHOT IN THE HEAD 4 F’ING TIMES IN FRONT OF THE FAMILY, and if the law says that’s OK, then that’s the MOST RIDICULOUS F’ING LAW I’VE EVER HEARD OF. The cold-hearted Game Warden should have done his job and figured out another solution – isn’t that what they are supposed to do? NOPE, HE WAS JUST GRANDSTANDING AND TOOK THIS INNOCENT DEER’S LIFE – ON PURPOSE IN FRONT OF THESE PEOPLE. TAKE HIS GUN AWAY BEFORE HE THINKS IT’S OK TO SHOOT SOMEONE’S KID. I’m so disgusted about this entire situation. Don’t we have enough problems in the world, in our country, in our own neighborhoods that this guy who must think he is GOD can decide if this deer should live or not? Don’t hide behind “the law” to protect yourself that it was OK to kill her. There are always other options. It’s not like she was attacking you.

    “The deer was unlawfully possessed, and there is no permit available to hold a wild-caught deer as a pet in the state of Kansas,” said Rankin. HEY RANKIN – THEY DIDN’T POSSESS FALINE – SHE CAME AND WENT AS SHE PLEASED. SHE WASN’T CAGED, TIED, OR DETAINED IN ANY OTHER WAY. YOU’RE A PIECE OF SHIT TOO.

    May there be more people in the world like the Mcgaughey’s.

    R.I.P Faline

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  15. Dave Lavigne
    Dave Lavigne says:

    This game warden needs to lose his job. To have such little regard for humans as to shoot something they love and care for right in front of them is a person who does not belong in a career such as this. He does not have the compassion, caring or intelligence suited for this type of employment. Not to mention, there are many other options that could have been explored before killing the deer. Americans are too quick to whip out a gun to solve their problems and they are starting to lack the ability to empathize with those affected by their violent tendencies. Just disgusting. This town should be ashamed of who they employ.

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  16. Jean Dixon
    Jean Dixon says:

    What a shocking display of stupidity. Just because the wardens MAY have had authority in no way excuses this terrible lack of judgement, lack of common sense and utter lack of respect for life. Is this really the best these game wardens could come up with? To gun down a friendly deer in front of decent people who did nothing wrong? Is killing their only solution? These wardens are manifestly unfit for the job.

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  17. Debbie DeGarmo
    Debbie DeGarmo says:

    Game wardens you are NOTHING more than hunters with a license to kill whatever you see fit to kill. You shoot the deer in the head 4 times in front of this family. I would say this to you, you are murderers and i call complete bullshit to you, you are pathetic excuses for MEN AND HUMAN BEINGS. You come to my home, enter my property, shoot any animal against my will and you will get the same in the head 4 times each. People are the most dangerous, twisted, sick, unpredicable species on this planet. Dont give us the bs about wild animals, these people were not stupid, they were RESPONSIBLE, INTELLIGENT, KIND people thst you have traumatized for life. Why do people always feel they have the right to kill. I only wish the deer, dogs and humans would have set you straight in the same way. I am deeply sorry to this family who were subjected to one of the most perverse things I have ever seen. I strongly believe in karma, ive witnessed it many times, and it will find these murdering tiny little men.
    Im absolutely enraged.

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  18. Scott
    Scott says:

    I’d like to see if this interpretation of “exigent circumstances” would hold up in the court of law. I certainly hope the homeowners put up a fight before letting those folks on their personal property.

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  19. Dorcas Pruitt
    Dorcas Pruitt says:

    MURDER ! PURE MURDER. THEY DID NOT HAVE A KILL THAT PRECIOUS LIFE. SAME GOOD OLE BOY MENTALITY. WILL IT EVER CHANGE ? MAYBE WHEN THE OLD JERKS DIE OFF. SO VERY, VERY SAD. GOD BLESS YOU FOLKS FOR YOUR LOVING HEARTS. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE HAD TO GO THROUGH WHAT THOSE IGNORANT MEN DID. NO ONE. MAY THEIR CONSCIENCES HAUNT THEM TILL SOMEONE SHOOTS THEM 4 TIMES IN THE HEAD.

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  20. Murielle Clément
    Murielle Clément says:

    I’m from Canada……lots of deers here …..and if all warden shot all the deers that eat out of our hands in the winter time and that we take care so the wont die of hunger. …it would be a massacre…!!! shame on the way they treated the deer…..the familly also…..coundt they of found a new home via a sanctuary??? or have it put down if needed…. with the help of a vet…..humanely….???? shame on this ego wardens who thinks they were right…..we live in 2017…..not the 20’s…there is other ways to deal with an animal that needs humans……get them were it works…..get there jobs…..!!!!!

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  21. Suz Stevens
    Suz Stevens says:

    I am just beside myself with the lack of humanity here. . . I am beginning to believe that Law enforcement are bullies and punks , at least a percentage of them. There was no reason to KILL that innocent creature – other options could have been initiated, but were not ? why is that, because there is a certain kind of high these punk cops/sheriffs whatever their authoritarian titles are, they enjoy using their bullets on innocent animals ~ males their chest and head bigger, not sure . .despicable as to how far back human kindness as well common sense has fallen. . .

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  22. Cristen McConville
    Cristen McConville says:

    OMG!!!!! These men NEED to lose their jobs!!! Where is a petition???? Where are any law enforcement to help with this???? If they were willing to put her somewhere safe, They should have been given the chance to do so!!!! THEY ARE MONSTERS!!!!

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  23. KJ
    KJ says:

    Sick people who just want to show they have the power to shoot the animal and they did it without any thought or real care for anyone. They should not be in possession of a gun and should not be in that job. They should be sacked and given a big fat fine or even jail for what they did.

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  24. Deborah Morgan
    Deborah Morgan says:

    This is so sad and disgusting for the game wardens to shoot the poor loving helpless deer in the head like that… Karma is a bitch and she WILL have her revenge on those game wardens who shot that deer for NO reason. But God has a special place for animals too, and she is most definitely there now…still so sad for the doe’s human family

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  25. James McGinn
    James McGinn says:

    This is horrible uncalled for the excuses the Kansas officials use are lame. The game wardens traumatized this innocent family forever for no reason at all. I read about what other states do about pet deer: in Indiana a family was found with a pet deer and the male in that family was also a highway patrolmen or deputy sherrif. After contacting then Gov PENCE (yes same as our now vp) The family was allowed to keep their pet deer no prob no stupid annual permits no fines. This is what should be done in ALL STATES. Leave these people alone!! People have a pet deer no sign of disease and the deer has hurt nobody. Go away and leave it alone!

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