Wildlife officers rescue 'kidnapped fawn'

Updated: Apr. 14, 2017 at 2:59 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona Game and Fish Department rescued a deer fawn that someone had been keeping in a single-side home and a yard with dogs.

The fawn will be sent to an Arizona zoo because it can not be returned to the wild.

According to a Game and Fish news release, wildlife managers were watching the home after receiving a tip that the deer was being kept there. The wildlife managers saw the residents of the home drive away after putting the deer in a vehicle.

AGFD officers stopped the vehicle in Wickenburg and confiscated the deer, which is being treated at the department's wildlife center in Phoenix.

One of the residents was arrested on outstanding warrants.

"Because of the irresponsible actions of one or more individuals, this deer fawn is now reliant on humans for its survival," AZGFD Wildlife Education program manager Mike Demlong said in the release. "While their actions may have been well intentioned, in reality they have doomed this fawn to a life in captivity. Although some baby wildlife may appear to have been abandoned, its mother likely 'parked' the fawn in one location while they foraged for food and water. The best choice would have been to leave the fawn alone and to walk away."

Wildlife centers around the state are inundated every year with baby birds, rabbits and other animals that were unnecessarily taken from the wild.

Young wildlife is rarely abandoned. Typically, once a perceived predator (such as people or pets) leaves the area, one or both parents will return and continue to care for the young.

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