Fawn wrestled into hold outside stores|[9/26/06]
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 26, 2006
An intruder who repeatedly tried to get into two stores at Pemberton Quarters Monday morning was eventually wrestled down by a woman customer and detained until help arrived.
“She was banging into the doors of these businesses, and I came out and tackled her to the ground, which wasn’t easy,” Brenda Hart of Vicksburg said. “We’ve been sitting here holding her until someone comes to pick her up.”
Amanda Andrews, an employee of UPS Store, said she saw Hart execute the take-down at 10:30 and decided to help.
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“She walked out and saw a deer at the cash advance store,” Andrews said. “She came up to get it and it started running and hit our doors. She had his legs but couldn’t control his head, so I grabbed his head.”
The fawn, estimated to be between 3 and 6 months old, kicked and screamed several times for an hour while the women waited for help. At 11:30, a city animal-control officer put her in a cage in the back of a truck and drove away. The fawn, the officer said, was likely to be released back into the woods.
Becky Bolm of Vicksburg, a wildlife rehabilitation officer for the state, said it’s not uncommon this time of year for fawn to wonder into public areas.
“Their mothers are looking for something to eat and the babies are going along with it,” she said. “This baby obviously got separated from his mother.”
Less than a month ago, on Aug. 30., Bolm captured a 4-month-old male fawn on Indiana Avenue near Riles Funeral Home. It had been hit or was ill.
Monday, witnesses said the fawn was almost hit by a car in front of Goldie’s Express on Pemberton Square Boulevard. Somehow, she made it a couple of blocks to the UPS Store before she was caught.
“They are all in places they are not supposed to be,” Bolm said. “The whole big part of this is people developing land that used to be theirs. Once that happens, they have to go somewhere else.”
Furthermore, fawns are often picked up, a conservation officer with Mississippi Wildlife, Fishers and Parks said.
“In June, July and August, their moms hide them and come back to nurse them every so often,” Tracy Tullos said. “We have a problem with people picking up fawns in the woods because they think they are abandoned. At this age, they are able to get up and move around a good bit.”