A recent motor vehicle incident serves as a reminder to keep an eye out for deer on the roads this spring as they start venturing out of the woodwork with their fawn.
An RCMP officer responded to a call from a citizen on Sunday around 11 a.m. that a driver hit a deer while it was crossing the road in the 3800 block of Metchosin Road.
Const. Nancy Saggar of the West Shore RCMP said the officer arrived at the scene to discover a deer with all of its legs broken laying in a nearby ditch. The officer fired two shots at the deer to end its suffering.
West Shore RCMP contacted the district of Metchosin to have staff pick up the carcass.
Officers who come across injured animals on the job have to evaluate the state of that animal and decide their course of action accordingly, Saggar said.
“If there’s a chance the animal could be saved, then the duty is upon us to call the right people to put that in place.”
If the animal is endangered or a bird of prey, RCMP officers would call a wildlife rehabilitation center to see whether or not they can be taken in, Saggar added.