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Old Jun 10th 2010, 11:12 AM   #1
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  Apr 2009

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Four deer euthanized after being picked up by Pittsburgh crews

By Tim Puko


Friday, June 4, 2010

When Tom Hosey saw a motionless fawn kneeling in bushes near his Logue Street home in Crafton Heights, he called 911 for help. His call might have cost a healthy animal its life.

State law prohibits anyone from removing deer from the wild, but Pittsburgh Animal Control workers have been doing just that this spring. In the past month, they took four fawns, including one from Logue Street, to the Animal Rescue League to be euthanized, according to the city agency and the Larimer shelter. They euthanized only one in all of 2009.

"For somebody to pick it up from the wild, they're doing the exact wrong thing, not only legally, but ethically and morally," said Tom Fazi, information and education supervisor for the state Game Commission's southwest region office. "I was blindsided by this."

The city directs its agents to explain to callers that deer will leave on their own. The agents will move deer if people make repeated complaints or report an imminent danger, animal control supervisors said. Supervisor Gerald Akrie said he wasn't sure why agents have gone beyond that so many times in the past month. He plans to investigate the cases when he gets back from vacation, he said.

City Public Safety Director Mike Huss did not return a call for comment Thursday. Fazi said commission leaders would speak with city officials.

The last month of spring brings thousands of calls about fawns to animal agencies every year, animal experts said. Many people don't know that fawns often keep still just to protect themselves because they aren't big enough to run from predators. Persistent complaints should be referred to state game officials, Fazi said.

"I think they're just trying to respond to city residents' calls and frantic requests," said Dan Rossi, executive director of the Animal Rescue League. "It is heartbreaking; it is a shame. This is clearly why residents need to just let nature take its course and leave the fawn alone. As we said before, 99 percent of the time, the mother deer will come back for them."

The deer from Logue Street was healthy, according to records from the shelter, which has a contract to take animals picked up by city workers. Rossi did not know whether the other three deer were healthy.

Even healthy deer have to be put down there because of Game Commission policy, commission and shelter officials said. The state used to allow shelters to move fawns to deer farms but halted that earlier this decade to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, a nervous system illness that has decimated deer populations in Western states, Fazi said.
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Old Jun 10th 2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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  Apr 2009
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bet the shelter or municpal work get charged with potching. That is in a sense what they did.
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Old Jun 10th 2010, 01:07 PM   #3
  Apr 2009
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The state used to allow shelters to move fawns to deer farms but halted that earlier this decade to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, a nervous system illness that has decimated deer populations in Western states, Fazi said.

Now that is a complete LIE! Decimated deer populations. I guess when I go out west this year I won't have anything to hunt?
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Old Jun 10th 2010, 01:20 PM   #4
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Old Jun 11th 2010, 04:34 AM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  Northeast Wisconsin

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Decimated????? Apparently no one has looked at WI where the deer population is at a nearly record high in the CWD zone. The rest of the state has experienced a decline in the wild deer herd. Using basic logic, I guess CWD increases herd size, not the opposite. Let's see them explain that one.
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