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November 20, 1990
It was a simple suburban pleasure for Melissa Caven, watching from her Burbank living room as three deer that had wandered down from the nearby Verdugo Mountains grazed in her front yard. Then, to her horror, a man slid from a nearby car with a crossbow. Her scream sent the deer scattering for the hills Sunday, but an arrow killed a fleeing 100-pound doe. It dropped dead in a driveway a block away. The urban hunter is being sought on animal cruelty charges, said Burbank police.
Humans and deer long have coexisted peaceably in Sierra Madre Canyon, nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains about 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Deer trails there meander through backyards of bohemian cottages and hillside houses. But in the past few months, that relationship has been shattered by the deaths of at least five deer and subsequent protests against a fence that critics say caused those deaths.
October 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man died after being attacked by a 6-foot-tall deer that he encountered in his backyard, officials said. Ron Dudek, 73, was attacked Sept. 25 when he went outside to pick tomatoes. The buck struck him in the face, ripping a hole in his cheek and ramming an antler into his mouth. He died Monday. The medical examiner's office said an autopsy revealed that the deer's blow had caused a blood clot that went to his lungs and killed him.
June 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
Two state troopers responding to a fatal accident caused by a moose each hit a deer on their way to the wreck. A truck had collided with a tractor-trailer that had stopped to avoid hitting a moose near the Canadian border, killing one driver and injuring the other, authorities said. Trooper Mark Lopez said that both he and trooper Bruce Staples collided with deer en route to the accident. Neither officer was hurt.
October 14, 1989 | JAMES ROBBINS
County and state animal control officials appeared divided Friday over whether it was a mountain lion that killed a deer in a residential area of Anaheim Hills Thursday. Although Orange County animal control officers did not find any lion droppings or paw prints, they say descriptions by two witnesses and drag marks in the area led them to believe it was a mountain lion. "Only the fur and intestinal tract of the deer were found," said county animal control chief Ron Hudson.
March 5, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK
County environmental planners say they are seizing an opportunity to find out more about the habits of thousands of deer that live, breed and feed in the Santa Ana Mountains and the foothills of southeastern Orange County. What they learn in a two-year study of the herds of California mule deer could well play a part in future land-use planning decisions about the foothills--a buffer area between civilization and one of wildlife's last refuges in the Cleveland National Forest.
December 27, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists at Texas A&M University have produced what they believe is the first cloned deer, the school said Monday. Tests have confirmed that a fawn named Dewey, born to a surrogate mother in May, was a genetic duplicate of a male white-tailed deer from South Texas whose skin samples were used in the cloning process, the school said. "Dewey is developing normally for a fawn his age and appears healthy," said Dr. Mark Westhusin, who was lead investigator on the project.
November 7, 1988 | United Press International
Seven deer, apparently frightened by hunters, jumped off a state thruway bridge Sunday and plunged about 35 feet to a highway below, killing four of the animals instantly, police said. A fifth deer, badly injured, dragged itself into nearby woods and later was destroyed by officers, whereas the remaining two animals ran off with lesser injuries, Sgt. Louis Corsi of the Bethlehem Town Police said. The animals apparently were startled by a group of hunters and moved onto the thruway, Corsi said.
Five exotic deer condemned to death by strict state regulations won't become venison, thanks to the persistent efforts of an Oak View woman. Diana Frieling's five-month effort to provide Oscar--a white stag--and four other deer with a new home is expected to be approved March 6 by the state Fish and Game Commission. State regulations aimed at preventing the spread of disease required that the herd be killed rather than moved after the sale of a landmark Santa Paula Christmas tree farm last year.
July 11, 1997 | From Associated Press
Bettie Phillips thought the zircon-studded earrings she put on a baby deer were fashionable. Police said it was criminal. Phillips, 54, of Hiddenite, N.C., was charged with animal cruelty and illegally possessing a wild animal after officers found the fawn in the back of her four-wheel-drive vehicle Sunday with cross-shaped earrings in its pierced ears. She said she rescued the fawn from a busy road on July 3 as she drove to Harrisonburg to visit her daughter.
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