Wildlife officers rescue 'kidnapped fawn' - Tucson News Now

Wildlife officers rescue 'kidnapped fawn'

The rescued fawn will be sent to an Arizona zoo. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) The rescued fawn will be sent to an Arizona zoo. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
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.

MOBILE USERS: Download the Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • HAPPENING NOW: Road to Mount Lemmon open with restrictions

    HAPPENING NOW: Road to Mount Lemmon open with restrictions

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:34 PM EST2018-01-21 20:34:57 GMT

    The road to Mount Lemmon is closed off to the public due to adverse weather conditions and ice on the roads, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department. 

    The road to Mount Lemmon is closed off to the public due to adverse weather conditions and ice on the roads, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department. 

  • Locals gather for different approach to Women's March

    Locals gather for different approach to Women's March

    Sunday, January 21 2018 1:11 PM EST2018-01-21 18:11:20 GMT
    Source: Tucson News NowSource: Tucson News Now

    Tucsonans took a different approach to the annual Women's March in the Old Pueblo. As others walked, chanted, and held up signs around the country, locals gathered for a candlelight vigil.

    Tucsonans took a different approach to the annual Women's March in the Old Pueblo. As others walked, chanted, and held up signs around the country, locals gathered for a candlelight vigil.

  • FINAL: No. 14 Arizona beats Stanford in a thriller 73-71

    FINAL: No. 14 Arizona beats Stanford in a thriller 73-71

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:29 AM EST2018-01-21 08:29:35 GMT

    No. 14 Arizona rallied from 11 points down in the second half to beat the Cardinal and take sole possession of 1st place in the Pac-12.

    No. 14 Arizona rallied from 11 points down in the second half to beat the Cardinal and take sole possession of 1st place in the Pac-12.

Powered by Frankly