Thursday, April 02, 2009

New Jersey. Stanhope. Deer with Bowl Stuck on Its Head. NJARA. Rescue Needed.

This is an alert from the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance that I am cross posting here.

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The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) and the Stanhope Police need help trying to locate the deer who has a bowl stuck on her head (see article below). If you see the deer, please call and report her whereabouts to the DFW's 24 hour Hotline dispatcher so they can send out help (they are looking to tranquilize her and remove the bowl). Call 877-927-6337.

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Deer may have bowl stuck on its head
\ By BRUCE A. SCRUTON
bscruton@njherald.com

STANHOPE ­ Usually “living in a fish bowl” means no privacy with people all around, all the time.Unfortunately, a white-tail deer could use some people around it. The animal appears to have a fish bowl stuck over its head.The last week in March, students at the Valley Road School talked about seeing a deer with a bowl on its head. Then adults began seeing the deer when it came out of the woods at the back of the school.“I haven’t seen it yet,” school principal Clifford Burns said on Tuesday, “but our head custodian has seen it.”A teacher who asked that her name not be used said students have made assisting the deer a project, discussing with teachers ideas on how to get help and what kind of help is needed.“Someone suggested getting pictures, so a couple of students used a cell phone to get a picture,” she said. The idea was to present the picture to the newspaper to bring attention to the deer’s predicament. Because the picture was taken with a cell phone camera, it is not very clear and would not reprint well. But it does show a deer with something over its head big enough to come almost to its shoulders. The item looks like a clear spacesuit helmet from a 1970’s science fiction thriller but its makeup, either glass or clear plastic, can't be determined.The deer appears to be staying in the area between the Valley Road School and Lenape Valley Regional High School, a five-minute walk through woods. Stanhope police said they have not taken a formal report on the deer, but are aware of the animal’s location. The teacher said she has talked directly with the borough’s animal control officer who acknowledged he has been told of the deer’s plight, but said there is little he can do since the process would require at least a tranquilizer gun.In an e-mail to the New Jersey Herald, another teacher said students are traumatized by seeing the deer, although Burns said he doesn’t get that sense. “I’m with them and I wouldn’t say they are traumatized. Some are worried, sure.”Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Fish and Wildlife, said conservation officers and wildlife technicians have been alerted to the problem and are looking into whether there is anything they can do. Created: 4/1/2009 Updated: 4/1/2009

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