A fawn that got caught in a swimming pool was saved from drowning by a conservation officer this week.
The baby deer had squeezed through the fence and fallen into a private swimming pool full of water in the Mount Royal area of Kelowna and was unable to get out.
Although he was swimming around and resting occasionally on the pool cover, he couldn’t climb out of the pool, said CO Terry Myroniuk.
He said the mom was not far away, in the bushes, although she moved away when he came on the scene.
He was able to get a snare attached to a pole around the body of the fawn and pulled it to safety, but as it turned out, his job was far from over.
After leaving the fawn where he had seen its mother, in the bushes, he returned to the house, only to find the young animal had followed him there.
He returned it to the same spot and ran back to the house, but again the baby was on his tail.
So, he returned it once more to where he’d last seen its mom, and then moved in the direction the doe had gone, so the fawn would at least head in the right direction.
That time, he was able to sneak away from it, confident that it would hook up with its mother.
Myroniuk says the CO service in Kelowna has had a lot of calls this spring about fawns, from complaints about a bear grabbing a fawn and running off with it, to people seeing them in the wild without a mother in attendance; or even alone in a roadside ditch; to people who actually pick them up and take them home.
He advises people not to panic when they see a fawn without its mother, because the mom won’t be far away, and she’ll be checking on her baby and will return to it so it can feed.
He noted it’s perfectly natural for bears to take fawns if they have an opportunity, and there’s not a thing he can do about it.
Do not pick up wild animals, he warns, and don’t call if you see a fawn without its mother. Just leave it alone.
On the other hand, if one falls into your swimming pool, call immediately, he says.
Myroniuk said they’ve also had a few calls about aggressive bears and they put one down in the Glenrosa area this week which had become conditioned to people and human food, and aggressive about protecting that food.
As well, he said he dealt with a resident who had not been properly storing his garbage so that it didn’t attract bears.
The property-owner received a 24-hour Dangerous Wildlife Protection Order to properly store all attractants and he complied, said Myroniuk.
As well, he said a bear found sitting on the carcass of a goat he had killed in the Ellison area was also killed.