AZGFD takes possession of newborn fawn “kidnapped” from wild – Arizona News

AZGFD takes possession of newborn fawn “kidnapped” from wild – Arizona News

PHOENIX — An approximately three-day-old deer fawn “kidnapped” from the wild near Salome will now be forced to a life in captivity.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department took possession of the days-old fawn after learning an unknown man took it from the wild, then stopped off at the local bar to show the patrons. A short time later, AZGFD was notified and took possession of the fawn.

“This truly is an unfortunate situation for this deer fawn. Instead of living a life in the wild, it must now remain in captivity due to the irresponsible actions of one person,” said Mike Demlong, AZGFD Wildlife Education program manager. “The fawn is healthy, but requires feeding every three to four hours, which is time consuming and costly in the long run. The Department will keep the fawn for a few days to ensure it is healthy and feeding well, then it will be transferred to wildlife sanctuary in Arizona.”

The fawn will eventually be transferred to Keepers of the Wild Nature Park near Kingman.

The public is also invited to help name the fawn by visiting the AZGFD Facebook at www.facebook.com/azgafd page by leaving a comment or on Instagram @azgfd.

To help defray rising costs of caring for Arizona’s wildlife, AZGFD recently began its “Be a Hero for Wildlife” donation campaign to give the public an opportunity to support its efforts to treat sick, injured, orphaned and confiscated wildlife by texting CRITTER to 41444 from any smartphone.

“Unfortunately, the department does not any receive state general fund dollars, including funds to provide long-term care for captive wildlife. That’s what makes donations that much more important,” Demlong…

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