A lot of people see hunter as heartless killers, but this could not be farther from the truth. Take for instance this story.
On his way back from hunting Brandon Parsons of Montgomery County, Virginia found a deer that hurt himself while trying to jump a fence. He was cold and almost lifeless, so Parsons did what any decent human would do, he brought him home and is trying to nurse him back to health.
Parsons has reached out to a bunch of local shelters and wildlife rehab facilities but no can take the deer. It seems that none of the facilities are allowed to house adult deer. Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke, Executive Director Sabrina Garvin explained, “After December 31, the following day, every deer must be released and is considered an adult. So for us to take it in it would have been illegal.”
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says on its website, “When VDGIF discovers a tame deer that is held illegally, agency personnel must confiscate and destroy the animal. This is an unpleasant, but necessary duty. It would be irresponsible to ignore the human safety risks, inhumane conditions, and potential for disease transmission.”
WDBJ out of Roanoke Virginia reported, “Monday afternoon the Montgomery County Game Warden arrived at Parsons’ home to see the deer. In a compromise, Parsons said the deer is now living in a barn across the street with the door open so he’s free to leave. Parsons is also still allowed to give the deer food and water because hunting season isn’t over yet. However Parsons was told that if the deer can’t walk in seven days, the strength will never come back, and it will need to be put down, unless an in-state facility can be found.”
Let’s pray this story has a happy ending and the deer can be returned to the wild.
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