Volunteer rescuers attended a deer rescue with a difference today (11/6/14). Trained rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to a report of a deer with its antlers entangled in a child’s football goal.
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.
A rescue service is appealing to students and teachers to check for trapped animals as they return to school from the Summer holidays over the next couple of weeks.
The plea comes after volunteer rescuers were called to cut free a hedgehog caught up in a child's football goal being stored at the side of a house in Eastbourne on Friday (28th August 2009).
In the last few weeks volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) have been called out to two herons caught in string and netting erected across fish ponds as heron deterrents. Luckily both heron have been cut free safely.
Three hedgehogs became caught in netting in a school playing field over Christmas and two died as a result. The third was discovered and rescued successfully. As a result East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) is writing to all schools and colleges across East Sussex to stress the need for netting to be removed over school holidays.
While many people were tucking into their Christmas Day dinner WRAS volunteer rescuers Trevor Weeks and Kathy Martyn were responding to a call-out by Sussex Police. The call was to a goose found wandering around South Road in Hailsham at about 12.30pm.
Deer casualty numbers double
Deer and other wildlife are dying unnecessarily from being caught in wire fencing and discarded netting. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service has dealt with 18 cases of deer caught in stock fencing or netting this year, over double that of 2007 (7 cases).
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.