Band re­moved from dis­tressed deer

North Bay Nugget - - FRONT PAGE - Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mc­cha­rles

The dis­tressed deer with a band around its ab­domen has been tran­quil­ized and the band has been re­moved.

Tracey Tru­chon told The Nugget it oc­curred around 3:30 p.m. Tues­day.

“It went well,” she said. “The band was ac­tu­ally a ca­ble from a fence.”

Tru­chon said the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry tran­quil­ized the deer and re­moved the ca­ble.

“The wound was cleaned and the deer was able to walk away around 9:30 p.m. One of the worst wounds was lo­cated near her spine.”

She said it was a team ef­fort with area res­i­dents feed­ing the deer and al­low­ing the MNRF and con­cerned cit­i­zens in their yards to set up the cam­eras and tran­quil­ize the deer.

“We just couldn’t sit by and do noth­ing. Know­ing that she was out there suf­fer­ing like that was weigh­ing heav­ily on us,” Tru­chon said said.

“Her pain was caused by some­thing man-made and she was not go­ing to free her­self and be able to heal on her own. Try­ing to get her help and do what­ever we could to as­sist was the right thing to do,” she said.

“With­out a large group of con­cerned peo­ple she would have never got help. It’s such a fan­tas­tic end­ing, we couldn’t be hap­pier. The whole com­mu­nity should be cel­e­brat­ing be­cause it was a huge group ef­fort.”

Tru­chon was one of sev­eral home­own­ers who took mat­ters into her own hands af­ter notic­ing a deer fre­quent­ing West Fer­ris neigh­bour­hoods with a metal band around its belly in June.

Home­own­ers con­tacted the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry for as­sis­tance.

The MNRF tried to lo­cate the deer this sum­mer, but was un­suc­cess­ful.

The North Bay res­i­dents feared if the band re­mained around the deer it would die from star­va­tion.

Trail cam­eras were put up in peo­ple’s back­yards to try to keep tabs on the an­i­mal and its con­di­tion.

Sub­mit­ted Photo

Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry per­son­nel have been able to tran­quil­ize a deer and re­move a metal band from around its ab­domen. The wound was cleaned and the deer was able to move off on its own.

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