Deer Friends  

Jody with Flag, his deer.  From the 1946 movie "The Yearling", starring Gregory Peck as Ezra Baxter and Jane Wyman as Ora Baxter. Ocar nominations for both. Based on the novel written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the best-selling novel in America in 1938.  Plot similar to the later, famous dog movie "Old Yeller". 

Keeping deer as pets has been a common practice historically in many parts of the U.S., from Florida, where "The Yearling" took place, to California.  "During the 1780s and 1790s, George Washington transformed the area just below the lawn overlooking the Potomac at his Mount Vernon Estate into a park for tame deer. ... 
Washington was very fond of the deer, admitting in a letter that he had given up his beloved pack of hounds because the deer were afraid of them... "[Source: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens August 7, 2012 Virginia, MountVernon.org]

Audrey Hepburn made friends with a fawn during the 1959 movie, "Green Mansions".  She took the deer home so they could bond for the movie, which they did.  Audrey kept the deer, named Pippin,  after the filming ended.

Dilly the Deer,  A famous deer story.



Carl’s deer — a Christmas fare thee well December 21, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison
    “This is my church — the deer, turkey, nature.” — Carl Drake, 82-year-old American Indian ... 
Carl was out searching for the young buck he had raised the year before. He had put a red collar on the little guy when he released him, hoping hunters would not kill a tame deer.  Carl had already visited the DNR offices in Madison to buy a deer license to tag the deer as his deer — but a living deer. The DNR staff laughed in his face... [Photo by Patricia Randolf]

November 29, 2016


WIS-TV 
... The deer's name is Comet, and it turns out he's a family pet on a farm just outside of Simpsonville ... Comet got out after a tree fell on the fence ...




KevinKarlPhoto.com | Andy the Deer 2013 | Gardnerville, NV


Woman Wants To Keep Rescued Deer On Farm July 29, 2013 Ohio, 10TV
Carol Deyo saved the lives of Trooper and Patch two years ago ... she says she's heartbroken because the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife says without a permit, they must be destroyed. The retired longtime veterinary technician has been caring for animals on her peaceful Knox County farm for years...




I was in the woods on the phone with a buddy, heard a noise and turned around and say the deer looking at me. Hung up the phone so I could start filming. I can say I have never had a deer follow me out of the woods before. We played with him for at least an hour, eventually he eased back into the woods and we have never seen him again. It was fun while it lasted though. Feb 2014





...  the deer has been seen in several of their neighbor’s yards, and has had lots of interaction with folks in the area. According to McKown the deer has posed for a selfie, gives “kisses” and lets kids and adults pet her and has even played kick ball with one of our neighbor boys...





... The two-point buck, which some had dubbed “John Deer,” was recently featured in an August YouTube video nuzzling against a boy on a North Okanagan beach. [video a few stories below] ... “I don’t think the deer needed to be euthanized … I just think it’s a tragedy,” said Liz White, a member of the Animal Alliance of Canada and a vocal opponent of a spate of recent B.C. deer culls.


Hunters killed 2 of our very young deer that I have loved plus the mother of one of the young buck was killed after the season for "nuisance deer" which just started because too many heartless and ignorant humans complain about their tulips and fear of lyme disease. The lyme disease is not caused by deer and killing deer is not effective in fact it can worsen epidemic of lyme disease

News

  Disney's 'Bambi' benefited from Maine connections, Chinese artist July 19, 2017 Maine, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
... Partly because of Day’s influence, two white-tailed deer — orphaned fawns named Bambi and Faline — were sent by the Maine Development Commission to Hollywood by train for Disney animators to study ...

... Growing up in the mountainous Sierra de Peñamayor, in Asturias, northern Spain, Aladino Montes had been shooting deer ever since he was a child ... he noticed that the fawn had several wounds and would have probably died without proper medical care ...

Quincy deer park at veterans home to be improved April 2, 2017 Kansas, Wichita Eagle
... a pasture mix of red and white clover, timothy, rye and orchard grass... The park dates to 1858 ... [Quincy Park deer]

... "I'm not surprised that another family fell in love with him, he is very personable and everybody who met him, loved him,” ... DWR relocated Jerky farther west, and they will continue to track him through a special collar...
... Division of Wildlife Resources officers took away a deer that had become a neighborhood pet... for the past two years the young buck had been coming into their back yards, hanging out with their dogs, cats and children...

People living in Delta are sad and upset after they say Division of Wildlife Resources officers took away a deer that had become a neighborhood pet. - March 4, 2017


Monterey's prized white deer found dead March 7, 2017 California, Monterey County Herald
... “Angel was pretty special – every time she saw me her tail would wag and she’d come running up to me,” ... the deer first appeared about two years ago and has been showing up in his yard most evenings ever since...

Bambi is the neighborhood deer! She loves kids and there attention! She is fun to have around!! - February 19, 2017


... the deer was initially shot in the “body cavity.” ... “They shot several more times because at that point it was moving away from them ... So it took several shots to put it down finally... the deer’s mother was shot, and Taryn says her mother instantly connected with her...
     Kansas Family's Pet Deer Shot by Game Warden January 6, 2017 ABC News
... A western Kansas family is outraged after game wardens killed a deer that was allowed inside their house and took walks with the family... Taryn Mcgaughey filmed the wardens herding the animal toward where it was shot... video
     Kansas family's pet deer shot by game warden January 4, 2017 Wichita Eagle
... There was no reason for her to be killed ... She chose to stay.  I never kept her from going away and being with other deer.” ...

Silsbee wildlife 'rehabilitator' to be featured on 'Lone Star Law' December 12, 2016 Texas, Beaumont Enterprise
... When Jordan's Animal Planet episode airs, her pet deer Annie is likely to be the star of the show.... "When we were filming, I kept trying to release her and she kept coming back," Jordan said.  Annie, who has adopted behaviors similar to Jordan's six dogs ...

After its mother died, this deer found a new family in an unlikely place.


Deer Raised by Family Forced to Return to Wild December 4, 2016 Colorado, WesternSlopeNow
... found Miss Buck when she was just a fawn, injured by some barbed wire ... CPW has plans to relocate Miss Buck into natural deer habitat, but the Woodhams family is afraid she won't survive in the wild...

Irondequoit man dealing with repercussion of deer herd thinning December 2, 2016 New York, rochesterfirst.com
... called police after seeing two bow hunters in his backyard last month. He was told they were working with police and not to worry. This didn't sit well with Libera, since he thinks of the deer as pets...

... the ministry will make a special exception and grant the family a permit to keep May, given the unique circumstances of the case... She's housetrained, and often sits on a big cushion and watches TV with them...
... The ministry ... said it's possible to keep white-tailed deer in captivity in Quebec with required permits, but those permits appear to be strictly for breeding, game ranch or agricultural purposes...
     Quebec family fights to keep its pet deer November 30, 2016 CBC
...  a deer they took into their home four years ago after its mother was hit by a car and killed.  Agents from Quebec's Ministry of Wildlife seized the deer, whom the family named May, from the home on Monday after an anonymous complaint...

... upset because they claim a contractor, hired by the city, is shooting and killing trapped deer in the front yards of their homes... “We are deer friendly out here,” said Dan Fordiani, who has lived in Garden Ridge for more than two decades... for the most part the deer are treated just like family pets...

Family raises rescued deer as pet November 28, 2016 Russia, click orlando
... The 4-month-old deer named Mila was found in the Urals region of Russia dehydrated and injured...

In a forest in Russia, one local woman says she found an injured young roe deer and that it now lives like a domestic pet in her family's home. The deer is back to full strength after being fed for several months on baby milk formula.



... Beav was shot nine times and his body was found just feet from the family's fence ... "Beav was probably standing there watching them, thinking they were going to give him a snack or talk to him," ...

Doug the deer captured, will be relocated from Siloam Springs October 6, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... will be relocated to an undisclosed location on remote public land ... He has more than 2,000 friends on Facebook as Doug Deer... "I think he was fine in his area," she [Sarah Losh, photo courtesy of Sarah] said. "He had a wooded area with a creek. He doesn’t normally get out where cars are, and he was not a danger to people at all." ...
     'Doug the Deer' Loved by Community, On the Run from Game and Fish October 5, 2016 Arkansas, KNWA
... His name is Doug and he's loved dearly by many at John Brown University and the Siloam Springs community. Residents say he's like a masco ... has his own Facebook page ... Game & Fish says they plan to catch Doug and release him on private land but at this point they haven't been able to catch him...
     Local Friendly Deer Causes Drama In Siloam Springs October 5, 2016 Arkansas, 5newsonline.com
... A friendly deer that has gained popularity among Siloam Springs residents is wanted for relocation by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission... AGFC is searching for the deer to relocate him to a wilderness area, but residents are hoping to keep him around...

Bethel Park, Beloved Deer Killed By Poacher Posing As Contractor - October 6, 2016 Fish and Game are looking for the poacher.


Meet 'Whitey,' a 10-year-old albino deer living in a Buffalo suburb (photos) September 30, 2016 New York, NewYorkUpstate.com
... Meegan said all the neighbors know Whitey... She's had all brown fawns over the years...She always seems to end up with more tagging along after her because she's a very maternal deer and she seems to babysit and take in orphans ... see Meegan's Facebook page, Theresa.Meegan.Photograpy. To buy a calender, go to squareup.com/store/Theresa-meegan...

...Experts at Wageningen University in the Netherlands ranked 90 species by the following criteria: Biology, needs, danger to humans and well-being when kept in captivity ... The top spot is taken ... by the sika deer [not dog or cat] ...

We first met Eva when she was a week old fawn. We were “friends” with her intelligent mother who visited every day, and so Eva grew up very interested in these humans who lived in her neighborhood. Eva formed a special bond with Marlis, and over time it seemed obvious that Eva understood a lot of the German and English that she heard. - September 9, 2016



Whitetails are much more than pets April 28, 2016 Minnesota, Agri News
... Ryan and Trudy Lickfelt's daughter asked for a pet deer almost eight years ago... The 28-acre hobby farm a few miles south of Hutchinson has evolved into 21 whitetail deer — five does and 17 bucks... It costs $300-350 per head to care for the deer each year ... We have a lot of people who want two deer to bottle feed and want them as pets ...

100-year-old Carson City woman has had fascinating life February 6, 2016 Nevada, Nevada Appeal
...She even had a pet deer named Juliet she befriended after her brother took it in from the wild. Juliet was only three days old when someone shot and killed her mother, and Gertrude’s brother took the deer in...

Dubuque pet deer-ly missed January 30, 2016 Iowa, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
...The mysterious white stag spotted around Dubuque in recent days is actually a family pet, and his owner wants to bring him home... Though the deer is white, it doesn't have albinism, according to Behnke. It is a specially bred white-tailed deer ...[picture from Behnke family]

DEC agrees to let 'Deirdre' and 'Lily' live under certain conditions January 28, 2016 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard
... She took in Deirdre as a two-day fawn after her mother was hit by a car nearly six years ago and has cared for her ever since. She took in Lily, who is blind, in 2014 as a fawn... The two white-tailed deer will be allowed to live – but under certain conditions... her promise "not to provide food, treatment of shelter of any kind to either deer." [one is a blind deer that will starve] ... "withdraw her application to renew her wildlife rehabilitation license" ...

... Ryan's post recounts finding the deer six years ago as a baby next to its dead mother on the highway... "Princess" was loved by the community ... the deer was never confined to the family's backyard and that the animal came and went as it pleased...
     Captive deer euthanized; Forsyth couple charged with obstruction January 21, 2016 Montana, KTVQ 
... game wardens served a search warrant at the property Tuesday morning, at which time they tranquilized and confiscated the captive deer.  The deer was transported to a Miles City veterinarian and euthanized... [photo of Princess below]

...A wild fawn has found its home on a West Michigan man's farm after its mother was hit by a car. The young buck named, Bucky plays with children, gives kisses, and even poses for the occasional selfie...

Deer Freed After Being Kept as Illegal Pet in East Boston Home January 14, 2016 Massachusetts, Boston Magazine
... the homeowner in question has not been charged with any wrongdoing because of an opening in their backyard fence. Investigators believe the opening allowed the deer access to the wild at anytime...  relocation of the deer to an undisclosed state forest location ...

Facebook fans concerned for Jetty the Mayport Buck January 8, 2016 Florida, First Coast News
... The growing number of Facebook fans hasn’t fazed the newest celebrity of Mayport Village ... Jetty the Mayport Buck, whose fan base reaches close to 900 people, seems content most days just grazing through the marsh ... the biggest concern remains that the unofficial mascot of Mayport may wander in front of traffic.

... ... One of Norway’s best-known hunters, Halvor Sveen, has adopted two orphaned fawns after their mother died. The fawns’ mother accidentally broke her neck after she got spooked and ran into a fence ...
















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Another Date with Local Celebrity Pet: Dillie the Deer - May 7, 2014





At Lake Bloomington, Stephanie is quite a hit October 20, 2013 Illinois, Bloomington Pantagraph 
.... Stephanie is a white-tailed deer, an orphaned, formerly injured young fawn brought back to good health by a kind soul in the Lake Bloomington area... She has become a “pet.”  Everyone’s.  In all of Lake Bloomington... Homeowners give her apples, shelled corn, nuts. She also likes peanut butter, especially Skippy Extra Chunky, if you’re buying... 



The Vermont Veterans Home property includes a public picnic area and an enclosed area known as the Deer Park. The picnic area has long been a stopping point for residents and visitors alike. This area includes spacious lawns, shade trees, a pond, and picnic tables as well as a close view of the deer yard. - December 24, 2014



We often hear stories of dogs traveling long distances to be reunited with their human companions - the theme of many of the "Lassie" movies.  The video below documents similar behavior of a pet deer in Alabama.  Deer have social bonds similar to dogs and can easily be trained.

Pet Deer Travels 50 Miles to Return Home - Alabama, January 27, 2013


Beloved deer remembered as 'faithful friend' September 14, 2013 Missouri, fox4kc.com
... Saturday the first deer was laid to rest at the cemetery ... “She had so much courage. I’m really glad I got a chance to meet her four times,” said eight-year-old Atticus Straley with a big smile... The deer, whose cemetery companion was Moxie, a golden Labrador, became a popular tourist attraction, made a lot of friends and touched hearts along the way...

Elmwood Cemetery mourns loss of deer mascot, Ella - August 5, 2013


Captive deer to stay under control of Conservation July 9, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian 
... With Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of two bills, captive deer will remain under the control of the Missouri Department of Conservation... Farris Adams spends a little time with Texas Tebow, a 3-year-old buck whitetail deer, on Tuesday at the Rattlesnake Ridge Whitetails farm near Cape Girardeau. "I love that animal as much as I love my dog," Adams said ...




Springfield, in the middle of suburbia! But Don McVey of Springfield Township went to the other extreme and did it all very wrong. 6:30 in the morning on August 5, Don McVey picked up a 22 caliber rifle, walked out in his Springfield Township backyard and shot a deer feeding behind a neighbor's home two houses away from him. Paralyzed but still alive, the deer dropped a short distance away and on a home video it can be seen McVey casually walk up and start viciously kicking the injured animal. Moments later he dragged the deer towards the woods. - September 2, 2014


Richard Davis is a medical marijuana grower in southeast Oregon. When OPB went to interview him, they were surprised to find his pet deer helping on the farm. - December 9, 2014



Deer-breeding businesses are in it for the bucks January 26, 2014 Missouri, Southeast Missourian 
... A total of 47 big-game hunting operations exist in the state, along with 253 captive cervid, or deer, breeders who raise deer either to be purchased by hunting preserves or for their owner's personal enjoyment, according to Tom Draper, deputy director with the department... 

Deer Water Sport - Posted August, 2012 ‎‎(recorded in March)‎‎


Bucky The Pet Deer In Beaufort County December 6, 2013 North Carolina, WITN 
... Bucky ...  is a 19-month old deer and he does live out in the wild. Carolyn Hill says her family fed and took care of him last year when he was a baby after his mom died, and says they still see him everyday... Hill and her neighbors also created a facebook page called "Following Bucky."

Liddy Bug does great on the leash ! We have been leash training her for a while. She is very calm and likes to nibble on all the grass she comes across. But she does get spooked easily by things she isn't used to. Like today was a bike going down the road. She licks on everything! She loves to lick your fingers, your boots, and your clothes. She loves to be petted and would stay still all day letting you pet her. She doesn't like to be held though. Right now her favorite food is Craisins. - April 27, 2015



There are Risks to Keeping Deer in Pens as Pets, Especially for Bucks During the Rut

Alabama Man Mauled by Pet Deer, Faces Charges November 8, 2013 ABC News 
... a fenced pen on his property ... the deer lifted him up on its antlers and carried him 30 feet... Bucks can become combative during breeding season, normally fighting with each other or even people when the deer are kept in captivity ...