February 16, 2011

Feeding An Injured Deer Is Actually Against The Law

We just received word from Director of Safety and Security Don Marsala in response to our previous post about VARC's call for students to feed an injured deer. It turns out that feeding deer in is strictly prohibited in New York State and punishable by jail time.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation's policy on "Deer and Moose Feeding":

"In New York, it is illegal to feed deer and moose by putting out any material that attracts them to feed. The rule was issued in response to the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) being introduced into New York. The nature of CWD requires prompt and extraordinary actions to address the threat posed by this disease. The purpose of this rule is to prevent the introduction of this disease into New York, to restrict those activities that may increase the risk of the development or spread of CWD in New York and to protect the health of wild white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and wild moose (Alces alces) in New York."

The penalty for feeding deer illegally is a fine of up to $250 and 15 days in jail for each day of the offense.

So what can students to do help the injured deer? The DEC says to contact them.

Update: Just heard from Don Marsala again: "Yes, we're aware of the plight of the deer. We can't imagine a rehab effort would be successful considering the trauma a deer experiences when live trapped or tranquilized.  We're awaiting a reply from Dutchess County as to whether or not they can/will intercede. Clearly she has a front leg injury however she is quite mobile and we see her in various parts of the campus. The fact is, that in cases like this the conservation authorities usually take  a 'let nature take it's course' stance."


Anonymous said...

This is an outmoded and pathetic answer to allow a fellow creature on earth to suffer in such a way.
If we broke a leg, or say an ankle as I did on a recent snowboard/ski trip to Vt during winter break I am glad they did not just say to me.."We shall just let nature take it's course with her."

Stop The Barbarism people, act now and go AGAINST The rules when the rules are wrong.
A very ired upset PETA member and concerned Sophomore student @ Vassar.

Anonymous said...

I agree, STOP The Barbarism.

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