Mule Deer Buck with Springs ! Be Careful about Discards

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Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert DRE #SA554748000

I live in Hidden Valley Ranch, a great neighborhood in the south part of Prescott, Arizona. This neighborhood was developed by infilling a heavily forested homestead adjoining the Prescott National Forest. The Ponderosa Pines and native Oak trees were left in place and still provide forest cover.

Recently, a few of my neighbors and I have been watching a Buck Mule Deer that roams through our neighborhood. Yesterday, I managed to get his photo from my patio window.

Mule Deer with a spring

Notice that the deer also has a lot of wire at the base of his antlers. I fear for the safety of this buck. He will be severely handicapped whenever the bucks start to spar with each other. Another buck could also get tangled in the wire and bind them together.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to rescue this beautiful Mule Deer?

Another point:  If you discard trash, be aware that wild animals can interact. The results can be devastating to them.

A few years ago, birds were having disastous encounters with loose tab tops from soda cans. Action was taken by the manufacturers to redesign soda cans.  Now the tabs do not separate from the cans

 

 

Comments (13)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Oh my God, this just breaks my heart and makes me sick to my stomach. I saw a video on Youtube of a man that cut away something similar on a deer. My guess is that the seem to know you are helping them.  Surely there must be groups or organizations that help these poor animals.

Jan 19, 2016 06:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That's really sad John Mosier maybe animal control can tranquilize it and clean up the mess.

Jan 19, 2016 06:24 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Thanks for your comments, Kathleen Daniels and Bob "RealMan" Timm, for your comments. I called the Arizona Game and Fish Department and sent them a photo. I don't know yet if the can or will do anything to help.

Jan 19, 2016 06:49 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That is really sad.  Is there a local game or wildlife warden you could get to tranquilize the buck while they remove it?  That's all I can think of.

Jan 19, 2016 09:46 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Oh that's heartbreaking.  Has anyone called a game warden? Rescue group that might come and help.  My only thoughts are along the same lines as Chris Ann's that he could be tranquilized while it's removed.  

Jan 19, 2016 11:06 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Chris Ann Cleland and Tammy Lankford 

Some of my neighbors who also have been observing this deer have said that Arizona Fish and Game Department will not send anyone unless we know the deer will be there when they come to help. I do not see how that can be assured.

My real estate assistant, Beau, loves to try to round up the deer. He is great with cattle but he can't get ahead of the deer. I don't think he can help this time.

The deer know they are safe from the coyotes and the cougars while they are among the houses here. They do not seem to be scared of people. We are frequently "stared down" by the deer when they can see us through the windows.

In one incident Beau and I observed a deer that was about 50 feet away. Beau lifted his front paw and pointed at the deer like a bird dog. The funniest thing then happened when the deer lifted his front hoof and pointed back. Sorry I did not get a picture of that!

Jan 19, 2016 11:41 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Well hopfully when his antler drops that mess will come off.  It's so sad that people are so careless with things they disgard.

Jan 19, 2016 12:10 PM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

UPDATE - I saw this buck again on Wednesday, 1/20/15. This time he has lost the big spring. I could not see him well enough to see if the other wire is still on his antlers. 

When I saw him, he was working his antlers against a 15 foot tall tree and shaking it vigorously. Another younger buck was following along and also following his example by scratching his antlers on the same tree.

Jan 24, 2016 10:44 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, John. Keep us updated. I can't believe what this poor deer must be experiencing. I'm a big animal lover and this sight breaks my heart. I'm hoping soon he will shed his antlers and that will solve his problem. 

Jan 29, 2016 08:01 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello John ... I am familiar with Hidden Valley in Arizona and it is a very beautiful area, and what a great photo and heads-up about being careful what to discard.

Feb 27, 2016 02:39 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Thanks, Robert 'VEGAS BOB' Swetz. You stood out to me because I just "got pinned" as I joined Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert. I live in Hidden Valley Ranch in Prescott and have been doing a neighborhood there on nextdoor.com. At last count I have over 300 members.

Feb 27, 2016 05:11 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Very good and I might be over around Sedona and Prescott looking around for some acreage for future investment!

Feb 27, 2016 05:21 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi John Mosier ,  The Humane Society may be able to tranquilize the deer so it can be removed.

Apr 07, 2016 11:48 AM