Wildlife officers keep tabs on deer shot with arrow

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Wildlife officers are monitoring the condition of a deer seen wandering a Parker neighborhood with an arrow in its back.

The young buck has been spotted by concerned residents in the Robinson Ranch subdivision several times since late June, and a Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife officer responded to the area June 28 and caught a glimpse of the wounded animal.

Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for parks and wildlife, said officers are reluctant to intervene unless the deer suffered a life-threatening injury. The animal has not been slowed by the arrow, which appears to have punctured the deer’s hide. Tranquilization can be stressful and even lead to death, and is a last resort in this case, Churchill said.

“We’re not sure if it’s going to break off, but we will keep eye on it,” she said. “If it starts to fail in health, then it may be appropriate to step in.”

The Parker Police Department, which has received phone calls about the deer, said it is “very mobile”

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is asking residents to call 303-291-7227 if the buck begins limping or looks to be in bad health. They are being asked not to approach or attempt to capture the deer.

The police department is hoping the public can provide tips that will lead to the apprehension of the person who shot the deer with the arrow. That person could face a long list of poaching-related charges, Churchill said. Animal cruelty charges generally don’t apply in wildlife cases.

Tips can be submitted to the Parker Police Department Animal Services Officer at 303-805-6631 or bdeyoe@parkeronline.org.