Feeding the deer could be harmful to them — and to the well-meaning people.
Updated: August 3, 2011 10:09PM
A deer and two fawns living in a Lake View courtyard will be moved by Animal Control because residents continue to feed the babies milk from bottles and organic apples from Whole Foods.
Feeding the animals could ultimately be harmful to the deer, and possibly to people if the doe came back and found them too near her babies, officials said.
Animal Control, which has been monitoring the situation for about a week, does not “normally get involved with a situation with a wild animal,” unless the animal is in danger or poses a threat, said City Animal Care and Control Commissioner Cherie Travis.
Since the deer were uninjured and were not bothering anyone, the agency left them alone, and asked area residents to do the same.
But residents couldn’t seem to leave nature to its own course.
“We just asked people not to feed them,” Travis said. “Unfortunately people did not heed our advice.”
The signs asking people not to feed the animals were taken down.
“We were aware people were feeding the fawns with a baby bottle when the mother was not there,” Travis said. This could be dangerous to the fawns and those feeding them, she explained.
If residents bring them food, the deer will make themselves comfortable there and that’s a possibility with the Lake View deer, Travis said. “People are going to Whole Foods and giving them organic apples.”
An additional concern, which Ald. Tom Tunney’s office contacted Animal Care about, was the gay pride parade on June 26, which is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the neighborhood, some of whom could be inebriated.
So now the animals will be moved, but Travis said that is no easy proposition.
“We’re looking at a lot of different options to remove them as humanely as possible,” she said. “We are exploring a lot of options, none of which are really good.”