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Fawn with arrow through its head in Parma healthy, dodging wildlife officials

August 27, 2018

Fawn with arrow through its head in Parma healthy, dodging wildlife officials

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A fawn with an arrow through its jaw is wandering around Parma, but police say it’s healthy and dodging wildlife officials.

The fawn was sighted near the intersection of Cocoa Drive and Panama Drive on Monday. Police received reports from concerned residents over the past 10 days. 

Staff from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources came to Parma last Thursday to try to trap the deer. But the deer dodged the nets and looked to be mobile and eating, Parma Sgt. Dan Ciryak said. 

Since the deer seems to be in good health besides from the arrow, it will stay free for now. 

If the deer was captured and transported, it could suffer intense stress.

Parma passed legislation in 2016, along with five other Cuyahoga County suburbs, to permit bow hunting. People who want to hunt the deer need to apply for permits and meet requirements to do so. Bow hunting season is September through February. 

It’s not clear where or how the fawn was shot. 

If residents see a change in the fawn’s health or other problems, they can contact Parma police. 

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