Deer Management News

S.C. deer harvest down 12% in 2021 August 13, 2022 South Carolina, The Times and Democrat

... Between 2002 and 2015, the deer population in the state trended down with the overall reduction in harvest likely attributable to a number of factors, including habitat change, two decades of aggressive antlerless deer harvest, and the complete colonization of the state by coyotes ... the harvest in 2021 decreased, since 2016 the state's deer harvest has generally been increasing .., [full report]


DNR announces CWD sampling changes August 13, 2022 Minnesota, Pilot Independent

... Hunters will be able to submit samples through taxidermists who are partnering with the DNR or by dropping off deer heads at self-service sampling stations. Other options available include using mail-in kits (hunters remove the lymph nodes from deer themselves), dropping by one of the DNR-staffed sampling stations during the opening weekend of firearms season, or making appointments at area wildlife offices ...


What's the hunting forecast? Weather can have a big say in how season goes August 12, 2022 Colorado The Daily Sentinel

... Deer populations down, elk more stable ... While Western Slope mule deer populations long have been lower than Parks and Wildlife would like to see, Banulis said elk populations, especially in northwest Colorado, have been more stable by comparison..,


Thousands of animals are killed on New Mexico roads. What is the State doing about it? August 12, 2022 Carlsbad Current-Argus

... In total, between 2002 and 2018, NMDOT’s report showed 11,404 deer were involved in crashes – an annual average of 671 – followed by 3,041 elk... “Without carefully planned wildlife corridors, New Mexico roads are incredibly dangerous for animals and people alike,” ...


Wasting disease testing returns to deer this year after last year's focus on elk August 12, 2022 Colorado, The Daily Sentinel

... The disease has been found in 40 of Colorado’s 54 deer herds, 17 of its 42 elk herds, and two of its nine moose herds, with prevalence rates highest in deer and lowest in moose... The testing also discovered infections in the case of about a half-dozen yearling elk ...


Cinnamon Creek WMA open as improvements begin August 10, 2022 Utah, Cache Valley Daily

... an important summer range for mule deer, elk and moose ... The Cinnamon Creek Wildlife Management Area was ... added to the 192-wildlife management areas in Utah... Four conservation groups, including the Mule Deer Foundation ... joined with the state and provided extensive funding for the purchase ...


DEM Seeks Public's Help in Reporting Sightings of Wild Turkeys, Deer, Reptiles, andAmphibians throughout R.I. Using Online App August 10, Rhode Island EIN News

... surveys can be accessed through a smartphone or desktop computer. Simply take a photo of the animal, open the app, and follow the steps to submit your sighting...


FWC launches new initiatives to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease August 10, 2022 Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Video Below

... One way the FWC is working to protect Florida deer populations is through its new, “About Chronic Wasting Disease” video [below] While CWD is a complex topic, this educational video provides information in an easy-to-understand format and covers what causes CWD, how it’s transmitted, why it’s one of the most serious wildlife diseases, and how the FWC and its partners are working to prevent the disease from spreading into Florida...

Dry Piney wildlife-crossing project construction well underway August 8, 2022 Wyoming, EIN News

... Construction continues on the first of nine highway underpasses in western Wyoming that will reduce the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions in an important wintering area for one of the more premiere mule deer herds in the west... Highway 189 has one of the highest wildlife-vehicle collision rates in Wyoming ...


Big game amendment looks to limit energy industry’s impacts on elk, mule deer and pronghorn August 8, 2022 Colorado, The Aspen Times

... For the next few weeks, the Bureau of Land Management is asking for public comment regarding its decision to evaluate its oil and gas program and other management decisions across the state to promote the conservation of big game habitat... submit a comment online ...


How Nevada is leading the nation in reducing animal-vehicle collisions August 7, 2022 The Nevada Independent

... thousands of mule deer and other wildlife peacefully cross the road on their own private pathway — a 200 by 600 foot overpass carefully blended into the natural surroundings. With fences surrounding the edges of the overpass and vegetation covering the ground, the animals are almost funneled into this bridge ...


Air powered arrow rifles legalized for hunting in Oklahoma August 7, 2022 Yahoo

... on Monday approved emergency rules for use of air powered arrow rifles during big game rifle seasons. The air guns are also commonly called air bows, but they will be illegal to use in Oklahoma during archery and muzzleloader seasons...


Clifton Park residents debate proposed hunting law August 6, 2022 New York, The Daily Gazette

... A recurring theme among speakers who were opposed to the legislation, was safety. Several speakers who lived near the parks were concerned about the potential of bow coming onto their property, accidentally hitting someone or something not intended to be hit. There were also concerns about where a hit deer may run to after it is hit ...


New deer season regulations offer ample opportunities for northwest Minnesota August 5, 2022

Yahoo! Sports

... in the far northwest were ... mortality wasn't as much of a factor as maybe a lot of us thought going into deer season-setting ... "When we get into that farm country, the habitat just isn't there, and that's a big part of it," Klemek said. "The deer permit areas there are managed, typically, more restricted." ...


Viral deer disease returns to Goldendale area August 4, 2022 Washington, NBC Right Now

... deer around Goldendale are being affected by the viral infection known as AHD, or adenovirus hemorrhagic disease... The first AHD outbreak in the state was during summer 2017, also around Goldendale..,


The hunt is on: Rochester's first deer archery hunt starts in September August 4, 2022 Minnesota, StarTribune

... Over 200 deer-related vehicle accidents were reported in Rochester in 2021 ... DNR officials expect to keep local deer population about the same over the next decade, as hunters largely thought there were too few deer and landowners thought there were too many. As their natural environment dwindles, deer have adapted to rural and urban areas...


Maple Hill Farms deer herd depopulated due to chronic wasting disease August 4, 2022 Wisconsin, Yahoo

... The herd of 301 white-tailed deer was eliminated last week at a northern Wisconsin farm where chronic wasting disease had been detected ... would not receive compensation for the fawns...many of the adult deer would be valued at less than $1,000 each...


Montana Is on the Brink of Destroying One of Its Conservation Programs August 4, 2022 Outdoor Life

... “There’s a message to landowners, with all the delays and uncertainty surrounding conservation easements, that it’s not worth your time to go down this road, because there’s no guarantee that anything will come of it,” ...


Elk management group passes recommendations on to FWP director August 4 2022 Montana, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks News

... after 10 meetings and much deliberation, the Elk Management Citizen Advisory Group has forwarded its recommendations to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks ... one of three pieces of a larger effort aimed at improving elk management in Montana ... The second piece of the process is the Private Lands/Public Wildlife (PLPW) committee ... The third piece is the ongoing process of scoping for management objectives ...


Wildlife crossings, fencing likely slash roadkill by 75% on S. Hwy 89 August 3, 2022 Wyoming, JHNewsAndGuide.com

... numbers compiled by a researcher at the University of Montana show that a network of 8-foot-high fencing and wildlife underpasses could be cutting the number of smushed deer by as much as 75%...


Michigan Hunters – Is It Time To Only Be Allowed to Shoot One Buck Per Season? August 3, 2022 WGRD

... The buck-to-doe ratio in Michigan is way off ... the problem is most of them are does ... This whole conversation was based on an article from National Deer Association ...


Louisiana House of Representatives Comittee votes Chronic Wasting Disease Management Rule Acceptable August 3, 2022 The Natchez Democrat

... Currently, Tensas, Madison and Franklin Parishes are under a declaration of emergency prohibiting carcass transport and supplemental feeding. Bordelon said an LDWF declaration of emergency lasts up to 180 days and can be extended or rescinded at any time if deemed necessary...


No, Not Every Big Buck is Poached or a "High-Fence" Deer August 2, 2022 Wide Open Spaces

... It's bad enough escapees from these operations often spread diseases to the wild deer population. Wisconsin is now so inundated with CWD that I doubt it'll ever fully recover, all because of a few careless high fence ranches...


Deer Have the Most ‘Improbable Appendages’ August 2, 2022 The Atlantic

... some big-bodied cervid species can sprout antlers at a rate of about an inch a day ... No other mammals regularly discard and regenerate bits of bony skeleton like this. And scientists are still working to understand why deer annually jettis on these “improbable appendages,” ...


Colorado stakeholder group outlines recommendations about when wolves could be killed August 2, 2022 The Aspen Times

... Recommendations also consider what to do if the presence of wolves leads to a decline in ungulate — deer, elk, moose — populations in a particular area. The group agreed these wolves could be relocated, but they did not take a vote on whether they could be killed...


Help benefit Wisconsin wildlife by completing citizen-science surveys for deer & birds August 2, 2022 WisPolitics.com

... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking the public’s help in collecting crucial deer and game bird management data. Starting Aug. 1, the DNR will begin conducting the Operation Deer Watch Survey ...


DEM Deer Permits Go On Sale August 1, August 1, 2022 Rhode Island, EIN News

... For the third year in a row, DEM is encouraging all members of the public to participate in a summer deer survey, which is a community science initiative designed to monitor deer during the summer months. All live deer sightings can be reported from Aug. 1-Sept. 30 ...


Fewer Minnesota doe permits in some areas after deep-snow winter August 1, 2022 Duluth News Tribune

... Deer hunters across Minnesota will have about the same opportunities to bag a deer or two this fall compared to last, except in parts of northern Minnesota, where a deep-snow winter pushed the Department of Natural Resources to reduce the number of antlerless deer permits in an effort to rebuild the herd..,


Chronic Wasting Disease, DNR announces CWD sampling changes August 1, 2022 EIN Presswire

... the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is broadening the options this year for hunters to get their deer tested for CWD... Hunters will be able to submit samples through taxidermists who are partnering with the DNR or by dropping off deer heads at self-service sampling stations. Other options available include using mail-in kits ...


How will weather affect Oklahoma's deer population? Bucks could have smaller antlers this fall July 30, 2022 Yahoo! Sports

... Most fawns are dropped in late May and Oklahoma was still green and flush in the first few critical weeks of their lives this spring, Barber said. However, fawns born late or that become ill will have a harder time surviving the summer's heat and drought ..,


Rejoining a landscape: Southern Oregon coalition moves forward with I-5 wildlife crossings July 30, 2022 Oregon, Jefferson Public Radio

...the Southern Oregon Wildlife Crossing Coalition. They are a group of scientists, agency representatives, and hunting, fishing, and wildlife advocates seeking to create new structures and enhance existing ones so that animals can safely cross I-5 in the Siskiyou Summit region....


$12 million wildlife crossing completed over U.S. Highway 160 July 29, 2022 Colorado, The Durango Herald

... The completion of a wildlife crossing on U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Pagosa Springs is expected to reduce collisions involving vehicles and wildlife by a staggering 85%... in 2021, 75 deer and three elk were involved in wildlife-vehicle collisions where the new wildlife crossing was constructed ...


White‐tailed deer exploit temporal refuge from multi‐predator and human risks on roads - Ecology and Evolution, 2022

... . Deer nursery groups (i.e., ≥1 fawn present) were more diurnal than adult deer without fawns, causing fawns to have 24–38% less overlap with carnivores and 39% greater overlap with humans. Supporting our hypothesis, deer nursery groups appeared to optimize diel activity to minimize combined mortality risk. Temporal refuge for fawns was likely the result of carnivores avoiding humans, simplifying diel risk of five species into a trade-off between diurnal humans and nocturnal carnivores. Functional redundancy among multiple predators with shared behaviors may partially explain why white-tailed deer fawn predation rates are often similar among single- and multi-predator systems ...


Deadline approaches for antlerless deer and elk licenses in PA. July 28, 2022 Pennsylvania, GoErie.com

... The Pennsylvania Game Commission has 178 elk licenses ... The state has about 1,400 wild elk ... In 2021, about 53,000 sportsmen paid for about 99,000 applications at $11.97 each for the 187 tags...


Dedicated Licenses For Guides With Out-Of-State Hunters "Dead In The Water," Says Legislator July 28, 2022 Wyoming, Cowboy State Daily

... the proposition came as a compromise offered by outfitters. This compromise was in response to a different proposal which would reduce non-resident tags...


Bambi on board July 28, 2022 Colodrado, Durango Telegraph

... Wildlife collisions are a huge issue ... around the world, and manmade crossings are seen as a highly effective solution. The concept was first developed in France in the 1950s and has since caught on on nearly every continent ... Even New Jersey ...


Final steps for crucial preservation of over 400000 acres in Colorado July 27, 2022 Colorado Newsline

... “It also safeguards wildlife corridors and critical habitat for elk, mule deer, rocky mountain bighorn sheep and desert bighorn sheep.” ...


Keeping Maine's deer population healthy and controlled July 26, 2022 newscentermaine.com

... Officials say Maine's deer population probably numbers around 310,000, which is similar to where it was in the 1990s... Bieber said ... "By and large statewide, Maine can support more deer," ... The perfect deer number might be different for a gardener whose plants are being eaten than for a hunter..,


Tree-ravaging beetle threatens Oregon ecosystems July 26, 2022 Pamplin Media Group

... An invasive beetle — the emerald ash borer — has arrived ... can cause 100% mortality in ash trees ... Salmon, elk, deer, snakes, lizard — they're all reliant on these trees." ...


Maine Deer Spy July 26, 2022 Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

... To bolster our understanding of whitetail recruitment patterns in the state, we’ve created a citizen science project to solicit help from Maine’s citizen scientists. This project, Maine Deer Spy, allows deer and wildlife enthusiasts as well as Department staff around the state to record and report their deer sightings in a way that feeds right back into Maine’s deer management...


MDC seeking public feedback on updates to its CWD plan July 26, 2022 Missouri Department of Conservation

... As part of the plan revision, MDC is considering some changes to deer-hunting regulations for the 2023 deer hunting season. Proposed regulation changes include: Increasing the maximum number of firearms antlerless deer hunting permits that a hunter could fill from two to four in select counties ... Comment on MDC’s draft CWD Surveillance and Management Plan July 25 through Aug. 8 at mdc.mo.gov/cwdplan...


Drought impacting deer antler quality, body weight July 25, 2022 Texas, Texas Farm Bureau

... The latest deer population survey, from 2021, estimates the deer population at 5.4 million [white-tail], which is essentially unchanged from 2020.The statewide population this fall is likely to be lower than estimates due to the expectation of below-average fawn recruitment this year...


Natural Forest Regeneration Changes in an Urban Natural Area Forest with White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Exclusion and Felling by North American Beaver - Natural Areas Journal, 2022

... Our results indicate white-tailed deer exclusion fencing is an effective management method for increasing natural regeneration of both seedlings and saplings in an urban natural area forest when the fencing also effectively excludes North American beaver...


Some fascinating numbers for SC deer hunters to digest July 24, 2022 South Carolina, Post and Courier

... “We are still harvesting between 175,000 and 200,000 deer a year, and that’s a lot. It’s nothing like it was 20 years ago, but we didn’t need the deer (numbers) we had 20 years ago and I thing most hunters understand that,” Ruth said. “We have a more moderate deer population now ...


More than 300 deer will be killed at a Wisconsin farm found to have chronic wasting disease July 23, 2022 YAHOO!News

... The largest depopulation of a deer farm in Wisconsin history is scheduled to take place this month at a Taylor County facility ... chronic wasting disease was discovered at the facility, Maple Hill Farms near Gilman, in August 2021..,


Texas rancher’s fight to save 500-deer herd from slaughter may go to state Supreme Court July 22, 2022 Fort Worth Star-Telegram

... The state contends that the illness — chronic wasting disease ... is so threatening that even a few positive cases can necessitate the killing of an entire herd to prevent the spread to other captive herds or to wild deer. Williams ... says that stance is nothing but fear-mongering. He’s fighting to save the herd, which he raises for trophy hunting...


“Blue Tongue” is next deer disease to watch out for July 21, 2022 Mississippi, The Vicksburg Post

... the disease is cyclic, and every three to five years there is a fairly high mortality rate in the state’s herd.

Already, he is getting reports from the northern part of the state of dead deer who show the common signs of having HD, or “blue tongue.” ...


CWD case confirmed in West Tennessee deer July 20, 2022 WKRN

... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in a 4 ½-year-old white-tailed deer buck in Dyer County ... harvested north of Dyersburg last November ..,


Game and Fish Commission approves 10 regulations, FY 23 budget July 20, 2022 Wyoming Game and Fish News

... The Commission also approved $7.1 million for one-time projects that include a cutting-edge mule deer monitoring project ... also directed the department to draft a regulation to remove the 7,250 cap on nonresident elk licenses and create nonresident regions for general elk hunting ...


Transmission history of SARS-CoV-2 in humans and white-tailed deer - Scientific Reports, 2022

... We found no evidence of direct or indirect transmission from deer to human... The extensive transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within deer populations and the large number of unsampled cases highlights the need for active surveillance at the human–animal interface...


Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on big game habitats July 19, 2022 Colorado, Craig Daily Press

... The Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado State Office is considering an amendment to oil and gas program decisions in existing resource management plans ... Those interested can submit comment and find more information about the amendment ...


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Deer killed by unleashed dog near popular hiking path in Draper August 12, 2022 Utah, KUTV

... “They found a deer that had for lack of a better word kind of mauled by a dog, and ultimately the deer's injuries were so much that the officers put the deer down,” ...


Orphaned Raccoon and Deer Fawn Share Hugs, Form Friendship on Parker County Farm August 12, 2022 NBC

... Hope the fawn arrived about a year ago, too, and Jasper took a liking to her... the nonprofit Texas Fawn and Friends, which rescues, rehabs and releases orphaned and injured fawns... [Hope and Jasper below]

Let's Talk Hunting: Part 2 August 8, 2022, Sierra Nevada Ally

... Human-imposed mortality on wildlife is traditionally referred to as ‘harvest’. In recent years, though, wordsmith artists have recommended to fish and wildlife agencies that they no longer use that term. The reason is obvious. It is a disgusting concept... an ear of corn stripped from its stalk and the life of a mule deer snuffed out ...


Why Do Baby Deer Have Spots? August 8, 2022 Arkansas, Mental Floss

... As Henderson State University biology professor Renn Tumlison explains, the flecks effectively camouflage a fawn by mimicking patches of sunlight that shine through trees and other plants, landing unevenly across the already-varied neutral hues on the forest floor...


'At first she acted like a dog:' Steele County family treats injured fawn August 5, 2022 North Dakota, Grand Forks Herald

... On her inner thigh, she had a bunch of gouges taken out ...The Benders rescued the fawn, fed it, bandaged its injuries and nursed it back to health. That went on for a few days. The deer was free to roam around the farmyard and leave if she wanted to, but she and the other animals became fast friends...


Trucker jailed after enticing fawns into cab, transporting over state lines August 2, 2022 Florida, CDLLife

... arrested at his home in Naples, Florida on July 22nd after receiving a call reporting an individual in possession of two live white tail deer... explained to officers that he had gotten the deer at a rest stop in Ohio ...


Video Below: Lost a Leg! How to Deer Live in Natural - Nature Documentary | Wildlife Secrets

In nature, one observes the injuries of animals mainly from their battles, struggles, hunting or carelessness ... August 2, 2022

A Tearful Update On A North Dakota Favorite: "Jonnie" The Deer August 2, 2022 SuperTalk 1270

... Jonnie, the tame deer that was a fixture for numerous farms south of Sterling and over to Braddock has not been seen since late January ... The Fallgatters raised Jonnie as a very young fawn as her mother and sibling were hit and killed by a car. Jonnie was also injured in that accident and suffered a broken leg...


Two deer rescued from Coachella Canal in Indio Monday morning August 1, 2022 California, YAHOO!News

... A passerby reported two deer in the canal ... multiple agencies worked together to pull the wayward animals to safety...


Fort Mitchell aims to educate people about animal conservation, after killing of deer in the city July 30, 2022 Kentucky, NKyTribune

... “The deer was truly a majestic animal and I hate what happened to it ... but you can make a positive out of a negative and use this to teach the public about the importance of animal conservation,” ...


Rare piebald fawn keeps showing up at Tennessee venue, owners hope he's here to stay July 29, 2022 WZTV

...Piebaldism is genetic mutation that can manifest in various amounts of white. They are not to be confused with albino deer, which are totally void of pigment ... “I pray every day that the piebald baby will come back where I can see it, and for me to be able to watch it grow up.” ...


Video Below: Brevard Zoo recently welcome white-tailed deer fawn Plum to our Wild Florida loop! Plum can’t be released back to her natural habitat. Plum was less than a month old when she was found injured and separated from her mother, who was never found. Plum went to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. - July 28, 2022 Florida

Video Below: Enjoy this beautiful encounter with a doe and her fawn as they rest and interact in a serene patch of lush forest in Oregon. A perfect backdrop to meditation, to help create a peaceful home or studio environment, or to sit with at the end of a stressful day. - July 26, 2022

Two men arrested in kidnapping of Key deer July 24, 2022 Florida, Key West Citizen

... An injured Key deer was inside the vehicle on top of a cooler, lawn chairs and other miscellaneous objects... said they struck the Key deer on U.S. 1 north of the Seven-Mile Bridge and initially thought it was dead...


Sheep finds a new deer family July 22, 2022 Arkansas, 5 News

... The video shows the sheep galloping with the deer as it tries to fit in... "the sheep was like, I don’t know, it just was funny because it shook and it couldn’t run as fast,” ... But, the lead doe stopped to help guide the sheep...


Georgia Man Saves Whitetail Fawn From Being Strangled by a Rat Snake July 14, 2022 Field & Stream

... When I looked closer I could see it was a rat snake, about 6’ long, and it had wrapped itself around the fawn’s chest ... also the top of its neck ... around the fawn’s legs... [image and full story]


McCall deer causes 'flurry of calls' after getting head stuck in a garbage can lid Idaho, July 14, 2022 Idaho, KTVB

... Using a dart gun, the deer was sedated and staff were able to successfully remove the lid ... IDFG Office said they regularly get calls about deer tangled in a number of different things ...


OKC Fire uses jaws of life to rescue fawn with head trapped in fence July 13, 2022 Oklahoma's News

... The fawn was weak and had some abrasions on its neck but mom was just inside the treeline waiting ...


Video below: Two DNR rangers came to the aid of a malnourished deer. The fawn had a plastic bottle stuck on her nose. It took some careful coordination to help the doe. - July 7, 2022 Georgia

Wildlife officers rescue fawn stuck in sewer July 7, 2022 Colorado, 9News

... Adler went to a nearby street drain, where his body camera video shows the fawn peeking out of a sewer pipe and then coming close enough for Adler to catch it with a snare...


“Deer & Tater Tots” : Union Township entrepreneur going viral with pet deer July 5, 2022, Pennsylvania, WFMZ-TV

... "I posted a couple videos they went viral. I kept doing it, they kept going viral and now I'm sitting at 1.8 million followers,” ... Pip says his pet deer and the viral TikTok videos help to promote his food truck ...


A deer is the newest neighbor in southwest Fort Wayne July 3, 2022 Indiana, Wane.com

... He appeared to be friendly and took a stroll down the street with his new friends, some kids in the neighborhood...


After finding deer carcass, Saugatuck man says he received 'a blessing' July 1, 2022 Michigan, WZZM

... Shortly after finding a dead doe, Pete Palazzolo found her two fawns and with the help of a wildlife rehabilitation center, he saved their lives... [video below]

Find a baby deer alone? They really don’t need help June 28, 2022 Missouri, Fox2Now

... The baby isn’t strong enough to follow mom all day, so female deer hide their newborn before going off to feed. But they are always close by... They do not have a strong scent that would attract predators and they know to keep quiet when hiding...[video below]

Delaware zoo's pudu Haechan, named by fans of NCT-127, has died. June 28, 2022 WHYY

... The small deer was born at the LA facility in 2018 and gained international attention after fans of the Korean pop music group NCT-127 won a Facebook fundraiser to sponsor the tiny deer...


Reward offered for information on 'thrill-kill' poacher June 27, 2022 Oregon, KOIN 6

... The Oregon Hunters Association is offering a $500 reward for information on a man who reportedly shot a deer in a Reedsport boat launching parking lot and left it dead ...


Adopted deer returns home after 7-months away, and brings a surprise with her June 25, 2022 Mississippi, Magnolia State Live

... She’s going to have a baby or two of her own... Gigi was the Mardises first experience with raising orphaned wildlife of that size... the law says you can’t fence in a deer. We haven’t done that...


'We saved its life': Chelsea football players rescue baby deer from lake June 24, 2022 Michigan, mlive.com

... a baby deer that appeared to be struggling to swim in the middle of the lake and in need of assistance... “Once we let it go, it ran off fine and looked healthy,” ...