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SMITH: They're out to save a buck this holiday season

  • The injured deer (Photo by Graham Malcolm-Wium)

The discovery in east Santa Rosa of a young buck walking about with a crossbow arrow through its face has given rise to a vigorous and compassionate conversation on the PD’s website and on Facebook.

People aren’t only lamenting the act but sharing ideas for humanely capturing the buck and removing the arrow. It’s not just idle chatter.

One of the people engaged in the online conversation is Shirley Zindler, an officer with Sonoma County Animal Control.

“I have put together a group willing to help tranquilize the deer and remove the arrow,” she said.

But there have been no reported sightings of the deer for several days, and the heavy rain hasn’t helped the search.

Zindler said anyone who sees it can email her at flyingdogs@earthlink.net.

The fellow who reported the shooting of the buck to state Fish & Game, Graham Malcolm-Wium, said Saturday he has not seen it since late last week.

“I’m going to go and look this morning,” he said.

Malcolm-Wium said that for the past year the buck has spent a lot of time in the field behind his place on Summerfield Road, south of Hoen Avenue, and is frequently in the company of two fawns.

When he and state game warden last saw the buck, it was walking and able to eat, despite the short, red-and-yellow arrow that pierced its face from cheek to cheek.

“I’m not against hunting,” he said, but to his eye what happened to the neighborhood buck is sheer cruelty.

We’ll hope for a happy ending to the ordeal. Should you spot the buck, Officer Zindler will be pleased to hear from you and to activate her team.

A HOMELESS COUPLE caught the eye of Santa Rosa’s Jack Tibbetts, at home from his studies at UC Berkeley, as he made a Goodwill run for his mom, Penny.

“I hopped out of my car, grabbed my old sleeping bags, and walked over to them,” he recalled. “I told them that I was on my way to the Goodwill to get rid of these old sleeping bags, but thought I would ask if they wanted them first.

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