When a Wisconsin family found a deer fawn and “worried she had been abandoned by its mother,” they took it to a “no-kill animal shelter” that did not have permits to keep or house wildlife. The rest was inevitable.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received two anonymous tips about the illegally-kept fawn. DNR law enforcement got a warrant for the Society of St. Francis shelter, and went to retrieve the fawn.
Wisconsin law requires that illegally-kept wildlife be euthanized to guard against the spread of disease to other wildlife and danger to humans should the human-socialized, habituated animal be released into the wild.
DNR wardens located the fawn, tranquilized it, and removed it from the premiss.
“I was thinking in my mind they were going to take the deer and take it to a wildlife shelter, and here they come carrying the baby deer over their shoulder. She was in a body bag,” aid shelter employee Ray Schulze.
DNR Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer denied accusations that wardens euthanized the animal at the shelter. She explained that the animal was tranquilized then euthanized off-site.
“I don’t care where they would have killed her, it would have been wrong,” shelter president Cindy Schultz said. She said she plans to sue the DNR for removing the fawn without a court hearing.
DON’T BE AN IDIOT
Under no circumstances should wild baby animals be “rescued.” In almost all cases the young animal has been hidden by its mother so she can go forage for food and water.
Young wild animals require highly specialized care–up to and including anal stimulation to prompt bowel movement.
Most animal shelters lack the knowledge, equipment, experience, and permits to care for wild animals, young or adult. Taking a wild animal to a shelter is useless, dumb, and illegal.
Leave baby animals alone.
Source: Worldnet Daily