Man Fined for Saving a Deer From a Lake and Trying to Nurse It Back to Health

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 Earlier this month, 54-year-old John Stoll Jr. of Pennsylvania helped  both the Wellsville Fire Department and the Department of Conservation  and Natural Resources in the rescue of a deer that fell through the ice  near Gifford Pinchot Park. 

According to the York Daily Record,  Stoll offered to take the animal home and nurse it back to health. He  informed authorities of his intention to take the animal home and care  for it, put the deer in the back of his truck and drove it to his home.  

 Stoll later shared a video of the deer on Facebook, which can be viewed below, with the caption “Saved four buck from Pinchot Park today brought this guy home to save him.” Sadly, the deer didn’t make it and passed away the following morning. Stoll then decided to give the animal a burial. 

 

“[W]ildlife taken alive may not be retained alive, sold, or given away. Live wildlife may be relocated to a natural setting.”

Stoll contends that someone from the local Game Commission was on the  scene that day and no one there appeared to have a problem with his  taking the deer home. In fact, it didn’t become a problem until his  video went viral. “If they didn’t want me to take that deer, why didn’t they didn’t they come to my house right as soon as I got home?” Stoll said. “Nobody said I couldn’t take it,” he added. 

Wildlife Resource Officer Tim Wenrich, a representative from the Game  Commission, said that Stoll should have left the animal there until  they were able to euthanize it. The Game Commission had no intention of  attempting to save the animal.   

“I would have definitely preferred that the deer been left in [its initial] place,” Wenrich said. Stoll said an online fundraiser was established to help him pay the  fines and he also plans to donate part of the proceeds to an  organization that helps animals. 

“I will never do nothing for the Game Commission ever again,” Stoll said. 

Pennsylvania Game Commission Press Secretary Travis Lau told the York Dispatch that anyone who cares for injured animals in the state needs to be licensed. Lau explained:   

“All wildlife in Pennsylvania is protected — no  one owns it. In the case of injured animals, they only ever go to  licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Oftentimes when folks try to intervene  and help injured wildlife, it can have a reverse effect, with deer in  particular. The whole process of taking them in really stresses them out  and … often causes them to die.” 

Below is the video that Stoll posted to Facebook: 

“We were so devastated that he didn’t make it.”

Shortly after, Stoll received two fines from the government which may end up totally to over a thousand dollars. According to the Game Commission’s website:  

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Perfect example of adding insult to injury!

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