A wildlife rescue charity is asking members of the public not to cut free wildlife, like deer, caught in fencing, netting or snares, but to report it to a rescue organistion instead. The call comes after volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called to catch an adult stag freed from fencing near Hadlow Down today.
Volunteer rescuers risked serious injury when they went to help a stag caught in the netting discarded from hay bails on Saturday 1st March 2008. A stag somehow managed to get the netting caught in his antlers and as he crossed a barbed wire fence the netting became caught.
Volunteer rescuers have successfully released yet another stag from netting. The deer was caught in a woodland down Howbourne Lane, Buxted near Uckfield.
WRAS rescuers Trevor Weeks, Tim McKenzie and Arron Banks attended on site within 30 minutes and were led to the entangled deer by local resident Mrs Stern. "On arrival the deer was already very tired and heavily entangled, but luckily only by its antlers." said Trevor.