A fawn wrongfully taken by a local man. Photo courtesy BC Conservation Officer Service

Fawn-nabbing male caught and fined

COS follows up on reports of man walking into beer store with fawn

A local man made a wildly inaccurate assumption and received a hefty fine for his punishment.

Columbia Valley Conservation Officer (CO) Greg Kruger said the incident involved the improper removal of a fawn. A man was up around Paddy Ryan Lakes when he spotted a fawn lying on the side of the road by itself. He saw ravens flying in the area, so assumed the mother was dead. He decided to take the fawn and brought it into town. Not only that, but he walked it into a local liquor store to pick up some beer, showing the fawn off to other patrons while he did so, said CO Kruger. CO Service attended the man’s apartment, who said he did try calling the RAPP line but “it was too complicated.”

CO Kruger said he told the offender he had made a poor judgment call by walking around downtown Invermere with this fawn, by not contacting the CO Service, and, of course, for taking it in the first place.

The officer went back to the area where the man had found the deer and set an electronic fawn call in that location.

“Within 20 seconds a whitetail doe came running to it, so I let the fawn out,” CO Kruger said. “When we went back, the fawn had been reunited.”

The man was fined $345 for unlawful possession of wildlife. Mr. Kruger encourages anyone who finds what appears to be a fawn, or any other animal, left on its own, to not disturb it. Instead, call the RAPP line.

“If you find what you perceive as orphaned wildlife, please leave it,” CO Kruger urges. “Let the COS know about it. We’ll make the determination whether it is in fact orphaned and needs to be rescued.”

To report any wildlife issues, call the provincial RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or on Telus cells at #7277.

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