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.

&#8220She 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. &#8220We’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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&#8220She walked out and saw a deer at the cash advance store,” Andrews said. &#8220She 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.

&#8220Their mothers are looking for something to eat and the babies are going along with it,” she said. &#8220This 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.

&#8220They are all in places they are not supposed to be,” Bolm said. &#8220The 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.

&#8220In June, July and August, their moms hide them and come back to nurse them every so often,” Tracy Tullos said. &#8220We 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.”