Badly injured adults
Adult deer that are traffic casualties which can be apprehended are virtually always so badly injured as to be unsalvageable.
Adults are too terrified by being handled even if the injuries are not mortal.
By law, only a conservation officer or other law enforcement officer can dispatch a deer in this situation.
If caught in a fence or a window well or some other situation in which it can be freed, it is best to simply do that and not try to treat any injuries of a deer that can get away under its own power.
If attempting to do such a rescue, be advised of the strength of the animal and the cutting power of its hooves.
It is advisable to enlist the aid of the conservation officer, animal control officer or police if a rehabilitator is not available in a reasonable time period.
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