Neighbors Outraged After Pet Deer Removed From Island

Neighbors Outraged After Pet Deer Removed From Island

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Dauphin Island, Alabama -

2 deer were removed from Dauphin Island on Friday morning after conservation officers say they received complaints from someone in the community.

Daisy and Darby never met a stranger according to people who live on Audubon Street.

"What law were they breaking that they had to be removed because most of the citizens loved those babies and are heartbroken because they're gone," said a neighbor.

They've become part of the community. For over a year these two have called the island home.

"Where are the reindeer," asked a girl.

Daisy and Darby have never been kept in a cage. They roam around the street, inside homes and in the woods.

"I didn't know that they were going to take them away and I'm really sad about that," said a child.

"These deer were very gentle creatures it seems to have brought the community together very well," said a neighbor who enjoyed feeding the deer.

The two deer were brought to the island over a year ago.

"The mother was killed on Highway 43 and some friends of ours saw and they got out of the car to go and move the deer and when they did they saw that there was a baby laying over there and she had just been born," said the owner.

"We know that a law was broken because the deer were brought here that's not the issue. The issue is the deer were here now so what law were those deer breaking by being on this island? They weren't pinned, they had the freedom to come and go as they wanted to, to go to anybody's house and to eat whatever they wanted to eat," asked a neighbor.

The Game Warden's office tells News 5 it is against state law for anyone to own a wild animal.

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