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Colorado Springs homeowner rescues baby deer lying alone in intersection, action leads to controversy

Man rescues deer from busy intersection, controversy ensues

A fawn, less than a week old, is causing quite a bit of controversy on the KRDO Facebook page.

The baby deer is now at a Southern Colorado rehab center. A Colorado Springs family spotted it lying in the road last night. The family called Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get the fawn some help.

Wednesday night that family is being both praised and condemned on social media.

Christopher Osmon says he saw the deer in the intersection, feet away from his front door. "If I see a baby lying in the road who's not going to move it?"  

But that move created lots of debate.

According to Osmon, the fawn was left alone in the street after he heard its mother was clipped by a car and ran away. Osmon, a father and hunter, said his instincts kicked in. He picked up the deer and placed it on his lawn.

"Not only could the deer have been killed but it could have caused an accident with other vehicles," Osmon said. "Somebody could have swerved, and missed it and hit hundreds of kids that walk down here due to the two schools we have a block away."

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and some of our Facebook followers say Osmon's quick thinking actually may place the fawn in more danger.

Wildlife officers say it's common for doe to leave the side of their fawns for hours at a time, so the babies can become self-reliant and learn to live in the wild.  

Every year the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department sends out a notice educating people that if they come across young wildlife to just let them be and leave them alone. But, as in this case, not everyone heeds the message.

"A lot of people, they think they're doing the right thing," Wildlife District Manager Cody Wigler said. "They truly feel that. But, in reality, they're really not. "They're causing more harm than good because the best chance for that young's survival is to be back with its mother and not having that human interaction."
The fawn is now at Wet Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Wetmore.

The wildlife agency said it could have slapped Osmon with a ticket for harboring wildlife, but Osmon knows if faced with the same situation again, he wouldn't change a thing.

"I told my family, I'll happily pay a ticket," Osmon said. "If they {Colorado Parks and Wildlife} issued me a ticket for being a good samaritan and helping out a baby deer, then if that's what I have to pay, that's what I have to pay."

Osmon tells reporter Eric Fink in the three years he's lived in Colorado Springs he estimates he's seen more than 30 deer in his backyard. He says he leaves most of those deer alone.

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