Soc­cer nets re­moved after deer eu­th­a­nized

The Hamilton Spectator - - Local - CRAIG CAMP­BELL

The Flam­bor­ough-Dun­das Soc­cer Club says it re­moved all of its re­main­ing nets from lo­cal parks this week after a deer was caught in a Sanc­tu­ary Park soc­cer net and had to eu­th­a­nized due to in­juries.

Cather­ine Rosso, ad­min­is­tra­tive man­ager of the mi­nor soc­cer or­ga­ni­za­tion, said “any nets re­main­ing on fields we use have now been re­moved for the winter.”

Rosso said it is nor­mal prac­tice for the club to re­move, or tie up, its nets in city parks when the sea­son ends in late Oc­to­ber but it ap­pears a few were missed this year.

She said few in­ci­dents of wildlife caught in soc­cer net­ting have been recorded de­spite many nets in place across the city through spring, sum­mer and fall.

Kara Bunn, the city’s man­ager of parks and ceme­ter­ies, said ear­lier this week groups that use city fields are re­spon­si­ble for putting nets up and down.

“In light of this tragic event, the city will be en­sur­ing that nets are all down in the fall and will be ask­ing the user groups if the nets are re­quired at all.”

Last Sun­day, city an­i­mal ser­vices of­fi­cers at­tended a call for a deer caught in soc­cer net­ting at Sanc­tu­ary Park.

The of­fi­cers re­quested sup­port from Hob­bit­stee Wildlife Refuge in Jarvis.

Chan­tal Theijn cut the deer out of the net, but some net­ting was still tan­gled in its antlers. The deer ran away and fell into a ravine where it be­came fur­ther tan­gled in the net­ting.

Theijn de­ter­mined the in­jured deer was suf­fer­ing from “cap­ture my­opa­thy” or ex­treme stress than can’t be re­versed. She de­cided to ask po­lice to re­spond and shoot the deer.

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