A sad wildlife tale. It’s always disheartening to witness any wildlife injured or distressed. If we can help, we will not hesitate. However, on occasions there is only one way of assisting. Deer managers take deer welfare very seriously, and during the harsh winter months, observing deer is crucial for monitoring the overall health of a local herd. Studying the deer during the snowy weather last week, I spotted a stag moving awkwardly. On closer inspection through the binoculars a mass of binder’s twine was tangled around his antlers. When the stag moved we saw both his back legs were also trussed up in twine.
Thankfully a sad wildlife tale is rare. With no options in these circumstances the stag was swiftly dispatched. Upon close inspection the lower sections of the legs and around the hooves were swollen. Overall, the stag was in poor condition, goodness knows how long he had been tangled up by the twine.
Pick up for wildlife
We are diligent about picking up rubbish in the countryside, and through the summer months it’s always sandwich packets, clothing, energy drinks, beer cans and wine bottles. It’s tragic a wild animal has to suffer and die because of something left behind by a human.