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Local woman rescues deer from the snow, DNR says deer was later euthanized

Posted: 2:38 PM, Feb 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-26 17:16:43-05
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DOOR COUNTY, Wis. — A Door County woman nursed a young deer that collapsed in the snow. The Wisconsin DNR later told NBC26 that the deer was humanely euthanized.

Penny Paye Price first posted about the experience on Sunday. She wrote how a young buck came up to her window, stared at her and her family, and then collapsed.

Price says she ran out and carried him inside, covering him with warm towels and giving him water. The deer, which she named Giannis, survived the night and managed to eat a little food Price gave him.

"[T]here is no DNR violation to keep an animal and try to rehabilitate until it can be brought to rehabilitation center," Price wrote on Facebook. "I am not planning to keep as a pet."

Price says she contacted a rehabilitation facility and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She says the DNR sent “a very kind man named Josh” to escort Giannis to Green Bay.

Tuesday afternoon, DNR confirmed with NBC26 that the DNR agent who was planning to take the deer to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay made the decision to euthanize the animal. According to the DNR, the agent examined the deer and determined the animal was in bad enough shape that euthnazing it was the most humane option.