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Couple searching for home for deer

February 18, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Despite calling several animal refuges and petting zoos, a Hagerstown-area couple has been unable to find a home for a young deer that continues to return to their property.

Kevin Hall said the deer, an apparent yearling that he and his wife, Starla, named Bucky, remained at their home on Antietam Drive near north Hagerstown on Tuesday. Hall said attempts to return Bucky to the wild, as recommended by the Department of Natural Resources, were unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon.

He said the couple walked the deer, which has appeared to be dazed and slightly injured since Sunday, to a wooded area near the YMCA and tried to send the animal on its way. However, Bucky made its way back to their home.

Hall said Tuesday he hoped to find someone who can legally care for the deer because he is afraid it will be shot or hit by a car if released.

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The Halls found the deer in the middle of the street near Godlove's Liquor Store on Sunday afternoon and took it into their home.

Karina Blizzard of the Department of Natural Resources said the department does not rehabilitate injured wild animals.

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