Monday, August 25, 2008

FWC sees spike in deer being kept illegally as pets

I'd posted a few weeks ago about the fact that it is illegal to keep a deer as a pet in Florida. Yesterday, Florida Today published an article about a spike in the number of people keeping pet deer. As noted in the article, not only is it illegal, but potentially dangerous as well:

Arlo Kane is an FWC wildlife biologist and knowledgeable about deer behavior. He said many people don't realize deer, as they grow and mature, become dangerous.

"Bucks, particularly during the fall, have a high level of the male hormone testosterone, and in the wild they fight and spar with other deer. In captivity or as a pet, a human becomes the opponent," Kane said.

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