Steve Pope is a wildlife rehabilitator in Pittsburgh, PA. Recently
he came upon an injured deer that had been hit by a car. There was
no way to save the deer and it was really suffering, moaning,
couldn't get up. A police officer was waiting for a gun to shoot
the deer, not wanting to use his pistol. At the time Steve arrived
the officer was just standing there waiting for a gun.
As a rehabber, Steve quickly and humanely put the deer to sleep.
After putting the deer to sleep the game department was notified to
pick up the deer.
Well, now Steve is being charged with failing to properly surrender
or dispose of the deer. Yet the game department was notified minutes
after the deer was put to sleep and they came and picked up the
deer. Some may ask why, well the game commission in Pennsylvania has
a practice of not referring baby orphaned or injured wildlife to
trained rehabilitators, instead, according to a confidential game
commission memo the wildlife officers are ordered to disceretly
acquire the animal and dispose of it.
Steve has been an outspoked critic of this practice and like anyone
else who speaks out againist the game officials in PA they are
harassed and there is an attempt to silence them.
What this rehabilitator did was humanely end the suffering of an
innocent animal who by the way had been struck by a car. A human
caused his injuries and Steve helped the innocent animal.
Steve will have a trial before Judge William Wagner in about a month.
If you feel compelled PLEASE write in support of Steve and express
your feeling regarding this ridicilious prosecution for helping a
defensless injured deer.
8105 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Please make all letters respectfull, as it is not the Judge that is
doing this, it is the game commission.