Band removed from distressed deer
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.
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.