B.C. RCMP Seize Baby Deer During Traffic Stop and Arrest Car’s Occupant

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stated that officers pulled over a vehicle at a traffic stop on June 30th in Fort St. John in northern British Columbia, finding a baby deer in the back seat. The fawn was estimated to be about one month old. Officers arrested the car’s occupants for possession of wildlife, while also seizing drugs during the incident, although the amount or type of drugs found was not specified. The officers delivered the young male buck to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS), and the provincial agency transferred the animal to Rimrock Wildlife Rehab on July 1st, for care and eventual release. Rimrock’s co-owner, Corinna Harvey, stated the fawn, though not injured, was dehydrated and had digestive issues but will rehabilitate well. Pursuant to the provincial Wildlife Act, possession of live wildlife without a license or permit can result in fines of up to $100,000 and up to a year in prison for a first offence. RCMP stated that both the BCCOS investigation into wildlife possession and the drug investigation are ongoing. Read more here and here.