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This horrifying picture was taken of a deer that wandered into a New Jersey garden.
his deer with an arrow shot cleanly through its head was spotted and photographed by resident Susan Darrah.
She says she was shocked to see the deer at her home in Boonton with a dart wedged through its muzzle.
'Shocked': Susan Darrah said she took this photo of a deer impaled by an arrow in her New Jersey back yard
'Want to know what sucks? THIS!' She posted on her Facebook page, 'Tried to capture him to no avail... he can eat, run and there's no blood, less chance of infection. I just feel so bad for him.'
The animal wasn't bleeding and didn't appear to be frightened, she claimed.
Ms Darrah immediately contacted animal control and they turned up the same day but were unable to catch the animal. She said the deer was a regular visitor to her back garden.
Deer are attracted to her large property thanks to a big pear tree and its location next to the Split Rock Reservoir.
'I know a lot of hunters and I know that was nothing done intentionally,' Ms Darrah told her local paper. 'I'm sure if any hunter saw him, they would have been kind of enough to put him down.'
Bow hunting for deer is legal in all 50 states, but ethical hunters aim for the body
Ms Darrah spoke to a Fish and Wildlife representative and followed their advice to put out a supply of corn for the deer, which appeared to be travelling in a herd with four others.
The state Division of Fish and Wildlife sent out a crew to the area looking for the deer, and spokesman Bob Considine said the department would tranquilize the animal in the hopes of removing the arrow.
Ms Darrah said they told her to call them as soon as the deer reappeared in her back garden and they would try to catch it.
Her efforts to help the animal were applauded by her friends on Facebook after she posted the image, taken from her back fence, and many of them expressed their sadness at deer's plight.
She posted on her Facebook page: 'I've been on "deer watch" since just before 5am. I have NJ Fish and Wildlife alerted.
'I am also sure this was not done intentionally. Any hunters I know would have looked for this deer knowing they missed a clean shot. In addition to that, all the hunters I know, hunt for food.'
New Jersey's Division of Fish and Wildlife sent out a crew and is looking for the wounded animal
BOW HUNTING IN AMERICA
- Bow hunting is legal in all 50 states
- Anywhere there's rifle season also has a bow season - but it usually starts a few weeks earlier
- Less deer are harvested each year than by rifle hunters, mainly due to difficulty
- Ethical bow hunters aim for the body, not the head
- New Jersey has three bow hunting seasons spanning the fall and winter
Source: Justin Zarr, BowHunting.com
I hope they can get the arrow out
I sure hope they save this baby and protect it from any further "ethical" hunters out there!! Geez!!! People say there are too many deer out there.............I say there are too many people!!! We have taken all of their land so they have nowhere to go but in our backyards etc. Nothing humane or ethical about hunting in my opinion. wwwheartsforanimals.org
I am with you Hearth for animals
Low life hunters!
'I'm sure if any hunter saw him, they would have been kind of enough to put him down". KIND?! KIIIIIIIIIIIIND!?!?! The one who took the photo is pretty stupid too!
'I'm sure if any hunter saw him, they would have been kind of enough to put him down.' WTF!! :o
And why the hell is hunting still LEGAL? :o
I'm confused- So if the hunter aims for the body, that's ETHICAL? These people crack me up!
" if any hunter saw him, they would have been kind of enough to put him down.' ... I would too ! to put THEM down !
In some twisted way, maybe this is good picture to help stop hunting.
Because I know exactly what hunters will say in defense, they will claim that this is a rare occurrence that they try their hardest to avoid any animals suffering.
But what this picture shows is the reality of what goes on, hunters try to KILL innocent defenseless animals in the name of "SPORT!" It's time for "normal" people, including meat eaters to stand up and get hunting BANNED! Not because it can be 'cruel sometimes' but because it WRONG AT ALL TIMES to try and kill animals! It's crazy! It's barbaric.
Nobody should have the right to take a weapon and end the life of an animal who wants to live. This picture is a REAL LIFE example of what happens in a hunt, arrows or bullets enter an innocent animals body with the attempt to kill it!
Crazy fucking humans!