Forest Lake Police Kill 2 Deer Local Family Was Keeping As Pets
A Forest Lake family is upset after two fawns they kept as pets on their property were shot by a police officer.
The Forest Lake Police Department said the officer was acting on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who believed the two fawns posed a health risk to other animals.
On Jan. 3, police say they received an email from the DNR notifying them of two collared deer near the area of Highway 97 and North Shore Trail. The email advised officers to shoot the deer if they were located, saying they were likely captured and collared illegally.
Around 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, an officer said he almost hit the two deer while driving near that location. The officer noticed the deer were wearing collars, as stated in the DNR email. He removed his department-issued shotgun and shot the first deer. The second deer ran into the backyard of a home on North Shore Trail. The officer said he followed the deer and shot it. He said both deer were shot about 50 to 60 yards from the residence of the family that had been keeping the deer.
The family keeping the annimals were distraught over the shootings, but the DNR defends the decision saying annimals that have been kept in captivity often carry diseases that can spread to the regular population of deer if they wander into the wild