Veterinarians caution against deer rescue

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - One local animal hospital is caring for several fawn that have been taken from the wild, but veterinarians are asking people not to bring them in.

Of the many sights and sounds at the Appalachian Animal Hospital in Hazard, there's one that does not fit.

“I think this one is probably one that should have been left where it was at,” said Assistant Doctor, Danika Harvey while she feeds a fawn from a bottle.

The hospital is the new home for two fawns that someone brought in thinking they were hurt, but veterinarians say bringing them to a clinic may not be in their best interest.

“That's the issue we run into. People find them and think they're abandoned, and they bring them in, and they're a perfectly healthy fawn that should be left where it's at,” said Harvey.

Doctors say they do their bests to take care of the deer, but it's often not enough.

“A lot of times even on the milk replacer that we have for them, they'll get really bad diarrhea with it, because it's not the same as mommy's milk,” said Harvey.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials say it is common to find the deer closer to residential areas during this time of year.

“They're the prey at that time, and the mother deer is trying to put them somewhere that's a little safer away from the coyotes and things like that,” said Shane Amburgey, with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

However, officials say to leave them alone.

“You shouldn't ever pick them up. They're a wild animal they need to stay in the wild,” said Amburgey.

They ask that you leave them where they are so that they can stay in their natural home.


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