Manitoba

Deer starving in Brandon's deep snow

A Brandon woman says she was upset to see an animal-control officer dragging a deer carcass off her neighbour's property after shooting the animal dead.

A Brandon woman says she was upset to see an animal-control officer dragging a deer carcass off her neighbour’s suburban property after shooting the animal dead.

Tamara McKay said Wednesday afternoon she heard a gunshot and went to her window to see what happened.

She said she witnessed an animal-control officer dragging the deer away.

The animal was starving and the deep snow has made it difficult for deer to find food this winter, according to officer Brent Castle.

"You can't even get them up. They won't stand. They fall over. They're exhausted and they're just … done for," Castle said, adding it’s the fourth deer to be put down over a period of two weeks.

McKay said she was shaken up by the sight, and wished she had been notified before the gun was fired.

"It was shocking," she said.

"You really don't expect to hear a gunshot right across the street from your home in the middle of the afternoon."

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