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A good-father buck now carries an arrow

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 | Posted by

The injured deer (Photo by Graham Malcolm-Wium)

BY CHRIS SMITH/The Press Democrat

Until the other day, the only remarkable thing about a male deer living in the Summerfield Road area of southeast Santa Rosa was its companions.

Resident Graham Malcolm-Wium says the buck looks after two apparently motherless fawns.

Malcolm-Wium said a doe was killed by car in his neighborhood a few months back and he presumes it was the fawns’ mother. He presumes also the resident buck has been caring for the fawns.

So it outraged him to see the buck has been shot. An arrow pierces its head from cheek to cheek.

Malcolm-Wium phoned state Fish & Game. A warden came and found the buck, which despite the arrow is able to walk about and even eat.

Malcolm-Wium said the warden told him he would consult with colleagues on options that include capturing the buck and removing the arrow, euthanizing it or trusting that the arrow will in time work free.

Janice Mackey of Fish & Game confirmed to me that the buck has been observed and, at present, “does seem to be OK, stabilized.”

Malcolm-Wium hopes to see the buck freed of the short, red-and-yellow arrow, which he presumes was fired by a crossbow. And he’d love to read of the arrest and jailing of the person who’d do such a thing.

  • http://Facebook BradPipal

    Bow deer hunting season was recent. Bad shot, not at the heart, Take the Buck out, D.F.G.. Don’t talk about it. And bring the food to the “Rescue Mission,” as usual for “D.F. and G. green permit kills.”

  • Trish

    Tranquilize, remove and inject with antibiotics. Release. Then find the shooter.

    • cvm

      good call! on each point!

    • Miriyam Gevirtz

      A hunting arrow like the one in the buck’s face was shot into my yard apparently purposely allegedly from John Bussman’s backyard, 1056 Michigan Drive, about November 12th either as a threat or to kill one of my pets. I have been trying for years to get the police to investigate what smells like meth there. The vet and my doctor say it’s the toxins in the alleged meth. I would see the buck at about 3:a.m. approximately the same time the man who lives with Bussman arrives home from work. Police refused to do anything about the arrow in my yard. I said, “It does not rain hunting arrows.” We live about a half block from where the buck has been visiting. I haven’t seen the buck either and worry about him. He would stop in front of my house, looking like he was trying to decide what to do next, with his nose in the air. Can animals smell meth? If dogs can, can’t bucks? Is that why he was shot and silently so that he would run? Why can’t we get the police to protect us in this town. I had to insist the officer at least leave a card at Bussman’s. Apparently she did speak with him and he said he didn’t know anything about it. That ‘s how the police investigate in Santa Rosa. They ask the alleged criminal if he/she did it.

  • Karl Frederick

    Remove the arrow, and save the buck, please!

    • http://Facebook BradPipal

      SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Blood dripping from the back of an SUV led to the arrest of two Sacramento men accused of illegally shooting a deer, then stabbing it to death in their vehicle when it suddenly came to and began to struggle.

      The Tahoe Daily Tribune ( http://bit.ly/Uqv35O) reports 46-year-old Scott Lee and 32-year-old Nai Saechao were arrested Nov. 18 on poaching, animal cruelty and other charges.

      The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office says the California Highway Patrol received multiple calls from people reporting blood seeping out of a Toyota SUV near Shingle Springs, a small community in the Sierra foothills 40 miles east of Sacramento.

      When authorities pulled over the vehicle, they found the deer carcass in the back. Officers say both men and the interior of the SUV were smeared with blood.”

  • Susan

    Pipal you’re a jerk. He’s not suffering and he’s protecting/looking after the fawns. If he were suffering or half his face were gone I’d say yes the best thing to do would be euthanize him. But I say we euthanize you instead because you always have messed up things to say & half the time they make zero sense. There’s no hunting around here anyway so that means some jerk just decided to shoot it in their yard or somewhere they weren’t supposed to be = poaching = against the law. I’d like to see the morons jailed and fined.

    • http://Facebook BradPipal

      Year round killing of deer is allowed by D.F.. and G. permit holders for protection of their crops.
      If you don’t think your growers protect their crops, ask them.
      Many people live locally off their properties from farm and ranch operations.
      Others thrive on illegal “road” kill for 175 years in Sonoma County.
      Perhaps you might know vineyard owners and ranchers and assumed crop damage was “Ok.”
      Before that the Mexicans and native Indians.
      Wrong, on taking care of fawns! You are living in Disneyland.

  • Morgan Bernadette

    No, don’t take the buck “out.” The hunting season is OVER, and the buck was shot illegally. Fair is fair…hope he sees a vet and the arrow is removed. The person who shot him should be arrested and jailed. Nothing but a big baby with a bow and arrow set…no conscience or scruples or respect for the deer. Just kill for fun and sport. My species can be so discouraging. Grrr.

    • http://Facebook BradPipal

      SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Blood dripping from the back of an SUV led to the arrest of two Sacramento men accused of illegally shooting a deer, then stabbing it to death in their vehicle when it suddenly came to and began to struggle.

      The Tahoe Daily Tribune ( http://bit.ly/Uqv35O) reports 46-year-old Scott Lee and 32-year-old Nai Saechao were arrested Nov. 18 on poaching, animal cruelty and other charges.

      The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office says the California Highway Patrol received multiple calls from people reporting blood seeping out of a Toyota SUV near Shingle Springs, a small community in the Sierra foothills 40 miles east of Sacramento.

      When authorities pulled over the vehicle, they found the deer carcass in the back. Officers say both men and the interior of the SUV were smeared with blood

  • Will

    NO no no.
    Have the Fish and Game department remove the arrow.
    There is no reason to put this buck down, especially if the buck is taking care if the two fawns.
    He may have a chance at a happy life especially with someone like Graham looking after him.
    There’s no reason to kill any of them.

  • Meghan

    You cannot hunt in city limits

    • http://Facebook BradPipal

      West County during 2012, has several ‘Deer herds,” of forty or more. Green Valley Road has “The ultra rich neighbors.” and have provided habitat and they only grow larger in population. Many are feeding on alfalfa and pellets from horse feed bins.. The overlap moves across local roads and cause vehicle damage and possible loss of life. Lawful hunting helps manage the population.

  • Tom Longjohn

    Some jerk shot him, not a hunter. Hope the jerk gets the same someday, you know, karma.

  • jason c

    I have seen turkeys with arrows through their necks walking around like all is fine. remove the arrow and a shot of antibiotics and let the guy loose in the forest.

  • GGJohnso

    Archery season ended first week of August…crossbows are not allowed during archery season, only rifle season…rifle season for this zone ended at the end of September. Crossbows are generally considered poachers weapons since they are quiet and accurate. Not saying that all crossbow users are poachers just saying that crossbows are weapons used by poachers. This is a nice looking buck and was probably a victim of a poacher looking for a nice set of antlers. It happens. Poachers are the exception, not the rule, so don’t get mad at legitimate hunters for this. Legitimate hunters would not do something like this.
    If the buck can be saved by all means save it. A tranquilizer dart, a little vet work, and the crossbow bolt will be removed and the buck back to his realm. If it can’t be saved euthanize it and give the meat to the shelter so it doesn’t go to waste.
    Also…let’s try not to humanize the deer. Blacktail bucks are loners. The two fawns are probably part of his winter herd and are hanging around him not the other way around.

  • mmadd2

    people need to know the dfg laws before they go hating on hunters. first off you can use cross bows but during riffle season, second it is the hunters responsibility to make sure the buck is down and last he could have been wounded during hunting season and last this long. In the end it is the call of the warden to dispatch the deer(put him down) or spend lots of tax payers dollars to fix him up. lets fix this problem take away hunting permits from moron hunters and green mined people keep the mouths closed.

    Michael Maddalena II
    Environmental Conservation Major /back woods law abiding hunter

  • tommm g

    wonder if it is the same “piece of work” that shot the horse a while back?

  • Datyah Zerach

    Remove the arrow — bright colors lessen his ability to hide. Here is an EASY opportunity to be human and do something good for a change. Pipal your comment is sickening. You belong in Kansas.

  • Miriyam

    There is no reason to assume the person who shot the deer did so as a “hunter”, or some one mean. It is also possible as I wrote above that there was malicious intent to hide criminal activity that the buck was innocent witness to.

  • katybyrne

    Ban Hunting. We can eat from Safeway and die that way from
    the ill effects of animals killed while adrenalin is rushing through
    their veins….not good for us either. And, if we need to reduce
    populations, send gentle euthenizers at the most.

  • Miriyam

    There has been no justice for the poor buck, father of two fawns, nor for us who have had a lethal hunting arrow shot into our property from, apparently, 1056 Michigan Drive with a refusal of the police to investigate. These arrows are meant to kill and there is a killer on the loose in Santa Rosa and wherever the shooter goes. Please notify the Press Democrat, Mr. Chris Smith if you have any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

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