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By Lynn Curwin     Sep 15, 2010 in World
A pet deer which was living on an island off the southern coast of Nova Scotia has been seized by natural resources officers. Although the deer was healthy and tame, it is illegal to keep them as pets.
The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources was tipped off about the white-tailed deer, which was living on Big Tancook Island, and on September 13 they travelled to the property by boat and helicopter.
The doe, which is between two and three years of age, was kept in a fenced area.
"We believe the deer was captive for some time. And I'm assuming the deer was probably a pet just like any other pet," CBC News quoted Terry Beck, regional enforcement co-ordinator, as saying.
"There were numerous apple trees and whatnot on the property, so the deer was in really good health.”
The deer was tranquillized, flown off the island by helicopter and taken to the Hope for Wildlife rehabilitation centre.
Beck stated that the people who kept the deer may be charged.
"Wild animals are meant to be kept in the wild, not captive,” he said. “Hopefully, this will serve a lesson to other people who try to or want to keep animals as pets.”
According to CBC, officials hope to release the deer into the wild within a year.
Several people who are unhappy with what took place left comments on the CBC web site, criticizing the cost or removing the deer by helicopter and saying that the animal will probably end up being shot during hunting season or struck by a vehicle.
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