Wildlife Damage Control/deer


Hi Stephen,
I live in Loomis, CA a rural area near the Sierra-Nevada Mt. foothills.  I have a deer on my property with a broken back leg.  It seems to be hanging from the hip.  He is also missing half of his antlers.  When we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area we had a deer with a similar problem and were told not to call animal control, since they would just shoot it.  The deer was still alive 18 years after we originally saw her and the leg healed to provide some support to the animal's body.  In this situation, however, the leg is dangling too high to ever provide any support for the animal, if it heals.  The deer makes it up to the top of our property every evening to eat some toyon.  Should I proved some additional food for the animal?  I hesitate to interfere, since I don't want to attract mountain lions or coyotes to the injured deer.  It's difficult to watch it hobble up the hill.  thanks for your help.  Jan

Whether you feed it or not is ultimately up to you. I would suggest not feeding it because you might end up getting more than you bargained for. Nature is a cruel place. I wonder if it got hit by a car, that would explain the loss of half the antlers. I think shooting it (assuming all laws are followed) would be a responsible thing to do if you want it to have a more humane death. I would think the California game department could provide a permit.  

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I can assist the public in responding to all kinds of wildlife related problems in the United States and Canada, including birds, mice, rats, skunks, raccoons, beavers, opossums, voles, moles, chipmunks, woodchucks, pocket gophers, and more. Please note that I specialize in vertebrates only, (animals with a backbone). While learning about insects, other experts should be consulted with insect questions. My passion is wildlife damage identification, for if you don't know what animal is causing the problem, you can't begin to resolve it responsibly. My latest book is the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd edition (2012). It is available at my site http://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com or by visiting my various vendors. (A simple internet search on the book's title will bring you to them).


I was a full time animal damage controller for over 5 years and a part-time animal damage controller for over 10. I have been a volunteer for AllExperts.com for over 5 years under the Pest Control Category, when they graciously created a new category that better suited my experience (I don't answer bug questions). I was a licensed animal controller in both Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nebraska. I presently run the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://icwdm.org and http://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com.

National Wildlife Control Operators Association, Community Integrated Pest Management group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I have published multiple books, including The Wildlife Removal Handbook rev. ed. and the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd ed. Additionally, I have written dozens of articles which have appeared in Wildlife Control Technology Magazine, Fur-Fish & Game, The Trapper, The Fur Taker, The Probe, and others. I have co-authored wildlife related publications for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension program and was responsible for revising the handbook designed for the Pest Controllers looking to obtain their category 14 license.

I was a trapper education instructor for the state of Massachusetts, and have attended a variety of conferences and trainings, including but not limited to Vertebrate Pest Conference, Wildlife Damage Management Conference, National Wildlife Control Association national conference, Wildlife Control Technology Conference. I have not only attended these meetings but have also been privileged to have been a speaker. I have received the National Wildlife Control Operators Association Educator of the Year Award in 2008 and 2012.

Awards and Honors
Certified Wildlife Control Operator (2001), Academy Certified Professional (2008), Master NWCOA Instructor (2012)

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I have helped thousands of people around the U. S. through my work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Wildlife Control Consultant. Specific tasks include: Ghost writing, Research, Expert Witness, Writing Training Manuals, Public speaking at Conferences, Workshops, and Trainings

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