Friendly Deer


Keeping deer as pets has been a common practice historically in many parts of the U.S., from California to Florida where the famous novel "The Yearling" took place. The best-selling novel in America in 1938, it was a story about a boy and his deer similar in plot to the famous dog movie "Old Yeller". The book was made into the 1946 movie "The Yearling", starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman, both nominated for Oscars.


"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.


The Pars and Forests of the Lordship of Ruthin, by Andre Berry December, 1992

... William the Conqueror ... as attested in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle (1087): "The king (William) set up great protection for deer and legislated to that intent, that whosoever should slay hart or hind should be blinded…he loved the high-deer as if he were their father".

Friendly deer found in neighborhood returns home May 7, 2014 South Carolina,

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 ...

CNY village of Pulaski erecting statue of Bella, its beloved deer January 2, 2020 New York, newyorkupstate.com

... A group of community-minded residents and business officials are working on keeping the memory of a Bella, a beloved white-tailed deer that disappeared back in 2017, alive for generations to come. The group, P.R.O.P. (Preservation and Revitalization of Pulaski), has raised more than $3,500 in donations and grant money to build a bronze statue of Bella ...

‘Elderly for her species’: Catching up with internet sensation Dillie the deer, now 17 February 16, 2021 Ohio, FOX8 Cleveland

... It was back in 2004 that Butera took in the three-day-old blind, dying fawn after her mother refused her. Dillie went on to live in Butera’s home and become part of the family, even getting a bedroom of her own...


Fawn seized, euthanized June 10, 2020 Oregon, Lincoln City Homepage

... Over a two-week period, the black-tailed deer lived in the Ready’s house and played with her dogs — apparently dooming the poor creature... . “The deer fawn was evaluated and determined to not be suited for release and was humanely euthanized by ODFW biologists.”

Crown Point's very own pet': Local white deer mystifies residents July 10, 2020 Indiana, nwitimes.com

... For the past few years, a white deer has made her way around the city, prancing around backyards, being spotted by residents and captivating hearts. Most refer to her as "Snow," ...


A deer continues to visit neighbors who rescued her in North Dakota town January 4, 2020 North Dakota, Local 24 News

... A North Dakota neighborhood has adopted an unusual community pet. Meet Jonnie the deer... A resident and her son rescued the doe from the side of the road three years ago. She was found next to her dead mother with a broken leg. The family nursed the fawn back to health...

Deer hunters save 'King of Carson,' Carson City's famous buck, from tussle with clothesline January 2, 2020 Nevada, Carson Now

... the King of Carson, the great wild buck who is often seen munching on the grasses along the west side, generally accompanied by a dozen or more does and fawns. Last weekend, the Deer King found himself in a bit of a pickle after getting himself and his massive antlers tangled with what appeared to be a clothesline...

Community raises orphaned fawn after mother deer dies in traffic November 14, 2014 Ohio,

WXYZ

... after watching an adult female deer die in traffic. They recognized a young fawn left behind. It's news in their neighborhood because deer don't usually spend anytime there. Now, you won't believe the bond the young deer has made with the neighborhood...

Family nurses deer to health, face fears of euthanasia by state agents October 13, 2015 Ohio, Fox 19

... The Abney's have raised a white tailed deer for the past six months, but fear they will lose their pet after the owner said ODNR threatened to shoot it. The family said "Sugar" comes and goes as he pleases ever since they first found him alone and starving. ...

Friendly Deer in the News


Gary Brown: Remembering Dillie the Deer April 17, 2022 Ohio, Yahoo! Sports

... our meeting back in Spring 2013 went well. I petted her head and neck as she laid on, then stood near, her bed in her own room in the home of veterinarian Melanie Butera ... I frequently would tune in to "Dillie Cam," to see what the deer was up to ...

Local internet sensation Dillie the deer passes away April 10, 2022 Ohio, FOX8 Cleveland

... at the age of 18 ... Dillie was just 3 days old when Butera took her in. At that point she was blind and dying ...


Rare piebald deer a winter favourite at Cape Breton Wild February 2, 2022 Nova Scotia, CTV News Atlantic

... “Alan” is a piebald white-tailed deer ... abandoned by his mother because he had contracted tendons in his hooves ... He couldn't stand on his hooves, so we had our vet come in, had to do some surgery on him and some physiotherapy... now he's standing on his hooves, and he's doing great."...


Viral deer euthanized after continually wandering into Utah neighborhood January 12, 2022 WSYM-TV

... A neighbor complained about the deer showing up this week, forcing the state to remove it and eventually euthanize it out of "public safety concerns." Residents said it appeared that the deer was an orphan after his mother was hit by a car...

Viral video shows friendly deer in Herriman neighborhood, experts warn residents to stay away January 5, 2021 Utah, KSTU

... Locals have been posing for pictures and enjoying the rare experience of getting to play with a wild animal... Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources said ... if he becomes too regular in the neighborhood, they may have to euthanize Cooper ...


Rare 'piebald' deer known for unusual markings find home with Pennsylvania family as pets January 6, 2021 YAHOO!News

... a family in northeastern Pennsylvania discovered deer can be great pets, too...a young deer was made available about 11 years ago through a petting zoo ... receiving the proper permitting through Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture ...


Friends of deer named Christmas mourn after white doe turns up at processor December 30, 2021 Oklahoma, Tulsa World

... someone has killed Christmas — and on Christmas Day, no less. Christmas, a pure-white white-tailed deer popular with residents of the Cleora area near Grand Lake for many years, apparently was killed ... she adopted a herd of cattle as a fawn ...


Memorial to the White Deer of Mission Hills December 9, 2021 San Diego, California - Atlas Obscura

... a memorial to a white fallow deer named Lucy... Lucy roamed Presidio Park and the Mission Hills neighborhood for more than a decade, becoming a beloved local celebrity...


Update On The Bismarck Area's Favorite Deer Jonnie & EHD November 1, 2021 North Dakota, SuperTalk 1270

... Her mother and sibling were killed and hit by a car. The Fallgatters nursed Jonnie back to health and she's been a fixture around their farm for years now... Jonnie hanging out on the porch enjoying some food with the cats...


‘It’s like killing somebody’s dog,’ “Neighborhood deer” shot by police in yard October 19, 2021 Michigan, WLNS.com

... According to many residents, this wasn’t just any deer, it was the neighborhood deer... “I was pissed. Why would they shoot the deer? The deer comes to my house at least once a week, wants to be petted, wants to be loved,” Miller said...


See Jonnie The Deer's Baby (PHOTOS) June 21, 2021 North Dakota, Hot 975

...Jonnie herself was rescued as a baby after her mother and sibling were hit by a truck about 6 years ago near Sterling, North Dakota. Since then, Jonnie became very tame and spends her time roaming between about 12 farms in the area. However, she spends just about every evening on the porch ...


Man looking into license to keep pet deer that's house trained April 12, 2021 Delaware, Yahoo News

... will "sleep on the couch, wake up and tap on the door when she's ready to leave" ... the Delaware Department of Natural Resources who let him know that allowing deer into the house is illegal possession of wildlife ...

Man looking into license to keep pet deer that's house trained April 12, 2021 Delaware, Yahoo News

... will "sleep on the couch, wake up and tap on the door when she's ready to leave" ... the Delaware Department of Natural Resources who let him know that allowing deer into the house is illegal possession of wildlife ...

Pet deer that formed bond with family dogs seized by Indiana wildlife officials January 20, 2021 Indiana, WDRB

... [video below] Bimbo was never forced into captivity or restrained, even though the family considered him a pet, but he did learn how to go in and out of the home's doggie door by following huskies... they're hearing from a lot of people in the community who have offered to start a petition or fundraising campaign to get the deer back...

Kansas Game Wardens Shoot Wild Doe That Family Has Been Keeping As A Pet January 11, 2021 Whiskey Riff

... While it doesn’t technically live on the property, she’s always around, plays with their dogs, goes in the house ... they arrived on her property and shot the doe ...

Violent threats made against DWR officer who shot domestic deer January 14, 2020 Utah, fox13now.com

... Law enforcement in two southern Utah counties are investigating threats towards a conservation officer who shot a domesticated deer ... which [the family] had rescued at its birth ....The DWR tells FOX 13 they are still reviewing the incident and are working with the family to come to a resolution and to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again... VIDEO BELOW

'They've overstepped their bounds'; Sheriffs battle with DWR over abuse of authority following doe shooting January 13, 2020 Utah, St George News

... The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources met with multiple sheriffs following an incident in which a conservation officer went on private property to euthanize a deer ... “(The DWR) thinks they can do whatever they want, and they’ve overstepped their bounds here,” ...

Bambi graces Idaho ranch for 18 years April 18, 2018 KTVB.com

...On Bar MB Ranches lives a pet mule deer named Bambi...The yearling had lost her mother ... "She was already grown up enough and she made her mind up about where she was going to be...

Clarington, 'He was my best friend': Girl's heartbreak after wildlife officer shoots dead tame young deer in front of children claiming it was dangerous August 16, 2014 Ohio, Daily Mail

... Residents of a tiny village in Ohio are up in arms after they say a game warden shot and killed a tame deer in front of children who had befriended the animal. People in Clarington - population 384 - said the deer has become known in the area for its friendly demeanor, allowing children and adults to pet it and pose for pictures with it...


Oklahoma Man Pleads No Contest To Killing Rare Deer February 19, 2015 Oklahoma's Own NewsOn6

... The spotted buck was well-known in the Park Hill area as "Patches." The deer was killed along Horseshoe Bend Road, but game wardens said the man who shot Patches let him suffer for hours first. “It was kind of like a pet,” ...



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