A Vernon man has recently been charged with Unlawful Possession of Wildlife after carrying a fawn around for over two hours.
Yesterday at around 7 a.m. a male was observed carrying around a live deer fawn throughout Vernon.
Both RCMP and North Okanagan Conservation Officers received numerous calls about the individual.
The man was found in the downtown area with the fawn in his arms.
“He had it for about two hours and walked around downtown Vernon,” said Tanner Beck, North Okanagan Conservation Officer.
“He made no effort to track us down in order to deal with the fawn.”
The motive behind the incident is still unknown.
According to Conservation Officers, the fawn was returned to the place where it was originally found in hopes that the mother deer comes looking for her baby.
“When we released the fawn there was a mother deer already there. I haven’t received any other calls of a fawn in that area so my hope is that it was successful,” said Beck.
If you see a fawn alone and are concerned, the best thing to do is call the B.C. Conservation Officers Service through the Report all Poachers and Polluters (RAP) hotline at 1(877)952-7277.