Don't bring Bambi home this summer


TYLER (KYTX) - It may look cute and cuddly, but Texas Parks and Wildlife is urging you to not take Bambi home this summer.

There are three basic reasons. One, because they carry diseases transmittable to humans. Two, they can hurt you and you're family. And three, wild animals can destroy your home.

Those with Texas Parks and Wildlife say they're called wild animals for a reason,  and that's where they should stay.

21-year-old Seth Fuller says he's seen it all where he lives.

"Deer, bobcats, fox, hogs- everything- coons... A bunch of little rascals everywhere."

He says he's never taken them in.

"They belong in the wild."

But, he has friends who've brought fawns into their homes as pets.

"It's not a good idea. And two, it's illegal." says David Sierra with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

He says this is a major problem during the summer.

"Their idea of play may be too rough or they may consider you competition once they get mature, and can actually cause serious harm, or even death."

He says more people are killed by deer every year than snakes.

"Kind of a sad statistic, but they are large, powerful animals, when you get down to it."

Sierra says don't think you're doing these animals any favors by feeding them. In fact, what that can actually do is increase the risk of car accidents involving wildlife.

"They start showing up in daytime. And, that's when a lot of people are traveling. And then, you get a deer/vehicle collision, and that can be very traumatic."

Fuller plays it safe with the animals in his home.

"What I would do is stick to the normal pets- cats, dogs."

Sierra agrees.

"They are genetically programmed to love you and be around you."

He can't say the same about wildlife.

If you see a fawn or other baby animal in the wild, there's a good chance it's not lost or orphaned. If it's hurt or if the mother has not come to check on it in a few days, call Texas Parks and Wildlife to come pick it up.


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