Soccer nets removed after deer euthanized
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.