The family had looked after Faline, named after a Bambi character from the classic Disney movie, ever since she followed Kim Mcgaughey home. They would soon find themselves inconsolable around Christmas time after their pet deer was shot dead in front of them right in front of their driveway.
A game warden entered the Mcgaughey family farm and handed them a warning notice stating that the deer was an illegal pet. Then 10 minutes later he shot the animal dead on their driveway.
The family began taking care of Feline two years ago, after she came in with a broken leg and refused to leave. The deer would often lock the front door using her head and would sleep on Kim’s bed.
Apparently the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in Dodge City caught wind of Feline after they reported her missing for a week on social media. The department claimed that the three officers believed they could not ensure a safe capture of the animals. They also claimed that the animal could have chronic wasting disease, a fatal illness that can’t be tested for.
Department secretary Robin Jennison said he would like the agency to re-examine its policy on euthanizing wildlife, although he was confident the game wardens acted within their authority.
“All of our people have a real heart for wildlife,” he said. “I can’t imagine any of our employees enjoying this.” -Robin Jennison
Taryn Mcgaughey said owners were supposed to be given 30 days to contest a penalty notice over an unlicensed pet and a further 10 days to get a licence.