KANSAS - Video of a Kansas game warden shooting and killing a family's pet deer has sparked outrage online. The family has been caring for the pet deer, named Faline, for almost two years. The McGaughey family say the deer is a member of their family telling reporters: "There was no reason for her to be killed,".
According to state law it is illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet in Kansas. State wildlife officials felt the 2-year-old mule deer needed to be dealt with immediately. Mark Rankin, law enforcement assistant director for the wildlife department told The Witchita Eagle:
"In these cases our officers have to decide what options there are. That might be to relocate the animal, release it back into the wild or take it to some kind of rehab facility. Unfortunately once they’ve become imprinted on people, (euthanasia) is almost always the final outcome. Our officers on the scene felt (shooting) was about their only option."