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

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.

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