A deer was found with an arrow sticking out of its side in Oak Bay earlier this week.
According to a post on Twitter by BC Conservation Officer Service, team members found the injured deer on late Tuesday afternoon near the Uplands golf course.
Conservation officer Sgt. Scott Norris says they received a report of an injured deer in someone’s back yard on December 21, but due to the snow, were not able to go look for the animal.
The next day, an officer went to look for the deer and knocked on several doors. Norris says they were lucky to come across a retired biologist who had seen the animal helped them track it down.
“They kept tabs on it til another officer arrived and he assisted as well. A local veterinarian that the officers knew volunteered his time to also help out,” said Norris in a phone interview with Victoria Buzz.
“So we successfully sedated it, removed the arrow, cleaned out the wound and provided the revival drugs to bring it out of sedation and it got up and wandered off.”
Conservation officers are hopeful that the animal will recover fully from its injuries.
Norris says it’s lucky the arrow did not puncture any arteries or organs. However there is a chance that the existing wound might get infected.
The retired biologist who helped officers find the animal has offered to keep tabs on the deer and update authorities on its condition.
Officers are now looking for information about this incident. “It’s an illegal activity that puts public safety and animal safety at risk,” said Norris.
Anyone who knows anything about what happened is encouraged to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1-877-952-7277.