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Hurt deer -- who to call?

There's a hurt deer outside my backyard.

Where I live (in London), we don't have a fully enclosed backyard. And it's pretty much woods over there. Occasionally we see deer grazing.

Today coming home from school I saw a lone deer lying down, and trying to get up. I approached (bad idea in retrospect), thinking it was stuck or something. It scrambled off a bit. The neighbors (who have a better vantage point than me, told me to not approach. We conversed for a while about what to do, as it's fast approaching nighttime and we have freezing rain over here. I wanted to call someone and she was against it, saying it might be a worse death.

I think I might go out tonight to see if it's still there. If it is, I might want to talk to the lady again. If we were to call someone, who should we call? And is it really going to be euthanised if we were to call someone?
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Wildlife Hotline: (416) 631- 0662

http://www.torontowildlifecentre.com/

What to do if you find an animal in distress?

Note: your health and safety should always be your first concern - never do anything you are not comfortable with.

If it is safe to do so, confine the animal to a cardboard box in a warm, dark quiet place. If you have to handle the animal, wear thick gloves to protect yourself. There are, however, some species that may still injure you even with gloves on, and Toronto Wildlife Centre does not recommend attempting to handle any of the following animals: adult rodents, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and herons. In the case of a Cottontail rabbit, it is best not to pick it up at all as it can kick out and break its back this way. For the above mammals, it is better to use a board to gently push the animal into a large cage or kennel cab. In the case of a heron, it is best that the bird be contained in a large cardboard box.

If it is not safe to confine the animal, try to block off the area where the animal is so that it cannot escape while you are waiting for help. Call the hotline ASAP and leave a clear, detailed message. Highly trained hotline staff will call you back as quickly as possible during open hours.
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felixdd wrote:
Feb 6th, 2008 3:33 pm
There's a hurt deer outside my backyard.

Where I live, we don't have a fully enclosed backyard. And it's pretty much woods over there. Occasionally we see deer grazing.

Today coming home from school I saw a lone deer lying down, and trying to get up. I approached (bad idea in retrospect), thinking it was stuck or something. It scrambled off a bit. The neighbors (who have a better vantage point than me, told me to not approach. We conversed for a while about what to do, as it's fast approaching nighttime and we have freezing rain over here. I wanted to call someone and she was against it, saying it might be a worse death.

I think I might go out tonight to see if it's still there. If it is, I might want to talk to the lady again. If we were to call someone, who should we call? And is it really going to be euthanised if we were to call someone?
how is euthanization a worse death than dieing by hypothermia?
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Sorry guys didn't specify. I'm in London. But the links are still helpful because I can find London branches to the aforementioned organizations.
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TapemanPL wrote:
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how is euthanization a worse death than dieing by hypothermia?
It does sound callous. On the one hand I don't think it will be euthanized. On the other hand I think it's also best to let nature take its course. It's a whole different set of ethics, and I'm quite torn about what to do.
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I would kill it. Its gonna die in the cold.

You don't really need any special tools either :twisted:
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Just called London Animal Care Center to tell them the situation. They say they'll go and assess the animal and if it's bad enough, they'll call the cops to put it down. Otherwise they're just going to leave it.

I'm not happy with that at all. Yes the weather's nasty right now (freezing rain), but these are still wildlife...they have to live on whether it's rain or shine. In this case either it stands through the rain, or sits through the rain with an injured leg. I'm not convinced that the animal wants to be put down rather than tough it out. And to kill an animal in this case would be murder (you're killing something that doesn't want to die), if only to ease our human sense of guilt and conscience. I just think it deserves its fighting chance (I guess I can see where the neighbor's coming from now).

Still kind of torn about it though.
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