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PostSubject: Couple Saves a baby deer, Government kills it   Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:19 pm

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BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. -- A Beaver County couple is upset after they say the Pennsylvania Game Commission killed a baby deer they rescued.

Rebecca Durr said she nursed the small fawn back to health after it was badly injured by a neighbor’s dog last month.

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Durr said she then called the game commission who promptly took the animal away and destroyed it despite her requests.

Wildlife conservation officer Matt Kramer said state law prohibits residents from harboring wild animals, according to Channel 11’s news exchange partner The Beaver County Times.

The main reasons are that animals can carry such diseases as rabies and heartworm, which can be transmitted to humans or domestic animals, he said. And wild animals can be infected with diseases that humans and domestic animals carry.

Durr, who raises goats and other small animals on her farm, said Pennsylvania has licensed rehabilitators across the state who care for injured wild animals. She volunteered to drive the deer to one, even if it meant driving across the whole state, but she was refused.

Kramer said game officers evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the animal should go to a rehabilitator. Certain rare animals would receive more consideration than those in large populations.

Durr said she and her husband were trying to do the right thing. They didn't want to get in trouble for harboring a wild animal, so she called the game commission looking for help.

Durr said she thinks the state law should be changed.



Why kill a healthy baby deer?
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PostSubject: Re: Couple Saves a baby deer, Government kills it   Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:40 pm

It is illegal to keep a wild deer, but if you are wanting to nurse it back to health, just don't tell the game commission.

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PostSubject: Re: Couple Saves a baby deer, Government kills it   Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:47 pm

I think it's probably because the state makes money off selling wildlife rehabilitation licenses and hunting permits.
They can put it whatever language they want to,but if they allow someone to break the rules even one time it puts their revenue in jeopardy.

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PostSubject: Re: Couple Saves a baby deer, Government kills it   Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:52 pm

But they could have either taken it to a rehab site or released it. They didn't have to kill it.
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PostSubject: Re: Couple Saves a baby deer, Government kills it   Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:21 pm

I agree,they could have.
They instead chose to be totalf^ckwads about it and have the poor, innocent creature killed.
It sucks and it makes people furious.Public opinion used to count for something when someone made a decision.Now I guess people don't even give things like that a second thought.

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PostSubject: Re: Couple Saves a baby deer, Government kills it   Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:55 pm

Ginger_Snaps wrote:
It is illegal to keep a wild deer, but if you are wanting to nurse it back to health, just don't tell the game commission.

Yep. So true. The term "game" pretty much says it all. There wasn't any reason to kill that little baby. I wonder if the game warden even tried to contact thoses licensed rehabilitators. I feel sorry for that lil'deer and especially Rebbeca. Gosh she must feel so hurt.

I've never heard of'a deer having rabies or anything else. You don't ever hear of deer hunters leaving any because of it after they've shot them.
Hasn't stopped any from eating them from my knowledge.
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PostSubject: Re: Couple Saves a baby deer, Government kills it   Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:50 pm

ravengrim wrote:
I think it's probably because the state makes money off selling wildlife rehabilitation licenses and hunting permits.
They can put it whatever language they want to,but if they allow someone to break the rules even one time it puts their revenue in jeopardy.

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