A good-father buck now carries an arrow
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.