A family in Rio Linda is upset the California Department of Fish and Wildlife took their pet deer away.
Standing in the doorway of his backyard, 6-year-old Ulises Cervantes watched Tuesday as Florecita was tranquilized, Fox40 in Sacramento reported.
“A deer is a wild animal, not a pet,” said Janice Mackey of the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
She and nearly a dozen others from the department spent Tuesday afternoon tranquilizing the Cervantes family pet and readying the animal to be moved.
The family rescued the California black tailed deer two years ago when they found her mother lying dead on the road.
“Caring for a wild animal takes years and years of experience. With that in mind, we want the best thing for the animal,” Mackey told FOX40. It is illegal in the state of California to have a deer as a pet.