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Deer found wearing a collar in Rutherglen

deer with collar

The Scottish SPCA has once again reminded the public to be #WildlifeWISE after a deer was found wearing a collar in Rutherglen.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted to the incident after the deer was initially spotted at St Columbkilles School on Clincarthill Road before turning up in the back garden of a property on Johnstone Drive on 25 May.

The Society’s latest reminder comes on the back of a similar warning last week when members of the public were asked to leave fawns alone unless they were in distress or immediate danger. Three out of the four fawns taken in by the charity between 18 and 23 May were removed from the wild unnecessarily. Two of those sadly had to be put to sleep as the strain of being removed from their mother was too great and they developed severe stress, also known as capture myopathy.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer, Christopher Adams, said, “When the first call came in from the primary school we had our doubts as many of the sightings of the deer wearing the collar came from the children. We thought they might have been mistaken or embellishing the story slightly!

“However, when the second call came in from another member of the public we realised that the deer did indeed appear to have a collar around its neck.

“I was able to attend and with the help of my fellow animal rescue officer, Rebecca Carr, we were able to successfully catch the deer and quickly remove the collar.

“Handling deer is very stressful for the animal and can even cause them to pass away so we were glad we were able to help the animal as quickly and safely as possible.

“Although it can’t be proven, it seems as if someone has possibly put this round the deer’s neck. 

“This deer has been very lucky that members of the public spotted the collar and we were able to remove it. If the collar had been left on it possibly could have become too tight or caught on something and caused an injury or even death.

“As recently as December last year my colleague, inspector Sian Robertson, dealt with the sad case of a fox in Blantyre who had been found dead from a wound caused by a collar that had most likely been put on the animal by a member of the public.

“We would urge the public to remember that deer, and all other wild animals, should be left alone and admired from a distance unless they are visibly injured or in distress, in which case the public should call our animal helpline.

“If anyone has any information on how the deer came to be in this situation, we would urge them to phone our helpline on 03000 999 999. All calls can be treated confidentially.”




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