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A young buck had a broken hind leg and took to hiding in the corner of the building I work in under a large glass window.  Saw it on a Monday and it could have came over the weekend.  Called animal control and they played around and did nothing.  Said it may leave and how the leg will heal and bla bla bla.  Now in this area there are coyotes and know this because I have seen them.  The next day was Tuesday and animal control was on their way only they never showed up.  This animal had no eaten or access to water so I called city hall and demanded they do something before I called Peta..had that animal gotten spooked it may have come through the window and ended up in the office.  They finally came out and shot the deer only I feel terrible just terrible tell me I did the right thing.

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Dear Sandra

I am so sorry about this tragic outcome.  You were trying to help, and the uncaring government officials saw only a nuisance.

You did nothing wrong.  But if you ever do have the chance to help injured wildlife in the future, the LAST agency to call is Animal Control.  Instead, call a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator.  Wildlife rehabbers are in the "business" because they care about wildlife, and they will make a judgment about whether or not an animal can be saved, or whether humane euthanasia is the best option.

You can find a local wildlife rehabilitator with this search engine:

http://wildliferehabber.org/

or

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/find-a-wildlife-rehabilitato

or any number of locators you can find with a Google search.  You can also enter keywords "deer" "rescue" and your locality to find rescuers who specifically care for the type of animal in trouble.

I am sorry this comes too late to help the little buck with the broken leg.  But if you can share this information with other compassionate individuals, future tragedies could be prevented, and turned into triumphs.

I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Dana

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I'm an evolutionary biologist with a passion for animals. Ask about natural history, behavior, ecology, evolution. PLEASE NOTE:

If you have found an "orphaned" or injured wild animal or bird:
Please don't waste time asking questions on the internet, as the answers may come too late. DO NOT FEED THE ANIMAL, and DO NOT HANDLE IT unless it is in imminent danger. (Many wild "orphans" are not orphans at all!) If you are absolutely sure it is orphaned, keep it warm and quiet, and find a LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR HERE. Don't try to raise a baby yourself, or rehabilitate an injured anmal. Many a well-intentioned rescuer will do more harm than good, especially with baby birds and baby rabbits.

I.D. OF MYSTERY ANIMALS
Without geographic location, time of day and habitat, I can't help. A clear picture is always best.

I.D. OF MYSTERY ANIMAL SOUNDS
It's impossible for me to I.D. an animal call without hearing it myself.

COMPARATIVE STRENGTHS
I'm not an expert on comparative strengths of different animals (more complicated than you might think!) nor bite forces.

FIGHTING ANIMALS
I refuse to answer "Which of these two animals--X or X--would win in a fight?".

These hypothetical matchups range from impossible (Grizzly Bears and Gorillas don't even occupy the same continent.) to ridiculous (Someone asked me "Who would win a fight between a Great White Shark and a tiger?").

The vast majority of animals--even the fierce and powerful--are not as warlike as Homo sapiens, and it's childish to project our aggressiveness onto them.

Experience

I have been the fortunate caregiver to a group of Black-tailed Jackrabbits rescued from the Miami International Airport, and not releasable in this area because they are not native. I also have rehabbed and released Eastern Cottontails, and am in contact with many very experienced wildlife rescuers who regularly handle injured or orphaned rabbits and hares.

Organizations
House Rabbit Society

Publications
Exotic DVM journal

Education/Credentials
I have a Ph.D. in Biology, with main areas of expertise in evolutionary biology, genetics, botany, and ecology.

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