Rio Linda, California, a community in west Sacramento whose residents talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh has jokingly characterized as being backwards, out of touch, or just mentally slow, lived up to that reputation recently over the seizure and subsequent release of an illegally-kept pet deer.
Predictably, the animal people have criticized the decision by California wildlife officials to release the pet deer into the wild, claiming (without evidence) that the animal lacks the skills to survive and could become easy prey.
The deer was released on last week, a day after it was confiscated from the illegal keepers’ home in Sacramento County.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife initially said there was little chance of the doe being returned to the wild. But officials later said that was an early assessment and an examination determined the animal was fit for release.
“She showed very good wild instinct, that she could survive on her own,” he said. “We want to keep wildlife wild, as much as possible that’s our goal.”