The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has said that they plan to release Bucky, a pet buck deer that was seized from his family, into the wild by the end of next week.
Snowball, a doe who was also taken from the family, will remain in captivity. She will either be cared for at a licensed wildlife facility or will be given back to her family under an agreement.
“We are getting the buck ready for release to the wild by the end of next week,” the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said. “The buck will be released to a restricted and secure area where hunting is not allowed and there is limited human access.”
They added that Snowball is not a candidate for release “due to deformities and her attachment to people.” Officials said that Snowball could be returned to her family under an agreement that specifies the type of care she needs “to maintain the quality of life for the doe for the remainder of her life.”
Earlier this month, wildlife officials seized the two pet deer from a family that had taken care of them for the past several years.
Under Oregon state law, it is illegal to keep most wildlife in captivity without a permit. Authorities seized the deer because they said there were health and disease concerns with keeping deer as pets.
Source: The Oregonian
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