Recently, a days old baby deer was found curled up in the Arizona desert, likely waiting for his mother to return. Tragically, before the fawn’s mother came back, a man happened upon the baby and decided that the wild animal was in need of his help.
According to AZ Family, the man wound up transporting the fawn to a bar in Salome. Shortly thereafter, the man took the fawn to a nearby home – a fish and game officer then arrated to the residence to pick up the baby deer.
The want-to-be good Samaritan unknowingly destroyed the fawn’s chances of ever going to live back in the wild. Wildlife Education manager Mike Demlong explained:
Unfortunately, people will find baby wildlife in the field and they’ll think it’s abandoned when it’s not. The mother will stash it there for safety purposes, but if you remove it from the wild, it can’t go back.”
Shortly after the situation was posted on the Facebook page for Arizona Game and Fish, a further explanation about why the baby will now live in captivity was provided to those who are upset with the news:
Returning baby wildlife back to the wild is our main priority, but it can only be done successfully within 24 hours of the mother leaving the young animal behind. The individual who removed the newborn fawn couldn’t recall the exact location where he took it from. It would have done little good to leave the fawn alone, with little chance for its mother to still find it, and it was already dependent on humans for food. For that reason, it it couldn’t be placed back into the wild and now must live a life of captivity.
The agency added:
Our aim is to do what’s best for the animal, if that is at all possible. Luckily we were able to find a facility with space to house this young fawn – that isn’t always the case. That is why it is imperative that people leave baby wildlife alone. They are rarely abandoned, and their parent(s) are usually nearby.
While it’s too late for this baby to live out its life in the wild, the game department wants the situation to serve as a learning opportunity for others. If you see a baby deer in the wild, please allow its mother to return…she is likely nearby, waiting for you to leave.
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