Decision by state to release pet deer criticized March 28, 2013 California

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Decision by state to release pet deer criticized March 28, 2013 California, Sacramento Bee
... a decision by California wildlife officials to release a family's pet deer into the wild ... Preston Doughty, president of Austin Wildlife Rescue in Texas and a deer rehabilitation expert, said the doe would not have the skills to make it in the wild after two years as a family pet...
Sacramento Bee
... California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials took the doe yesterday from a Rio Linda family who had raised her since she was a fawn... The surprise release came just one day after Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Michilizzi said "the chances it will be left to the wild are very slim" because the deer lived with the Rio Linda family for two years...
     Fish and Wildlife officials take deer from Rio Linda home March 27, 2013 California, Sacramento Bee
Six-year-old Ulises Cervantes watched from the doorway of his home Tuesday as uniformed Fish and Wildlife officials put his beloved pet deer, Floracita, in a wooden box on the back of a pickup truck and drove away... "A deer is a wild animal, not a pet," said Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Michilizzi... [over 10,000 deer farms in the U.S.]
     California family rallies to save adopted pet deer March 26, 2013 California
Fox News
... The Cervantes family saved Florecita when they found her mother dead on the road near their Sacramento County home ... Neighbors, likewise, love Florecita, who runs freely on the family’s large property... California Fish and Game officials, however, will be taking the animal away ... State law says it’s illegal for the average person to keep a wild animal...

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