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A Deer is Shot and Dies in a Yard on Willenbarb

A number of animal fatalities were reported over the past week and a squirrel went to rehab.

Deer Shot by Hunter

A deer shot by a hunter laid down in a yard on Willenbarb Road for its final rest. An animal control officer removed the carcass on Oct. 11 and filed a State Deer Kill incident report.

Police said there was an entry and an exit wound in the buck but, due to its condition they were unable to determine if it was from a bullet or an arrow. The animal weighed an estimated 190 pounds and had a five-point antler.

"If we see someone in the woods with a weapon, we have to look up the season for what they say they're hunting for, and then check permits and licenses," Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said.

Archery deer hunt season is going on until the end of December, private land shotgun/rifle hunting season beings Nov. 14, and muzzle-loader hunting season on private and state land begins on Dec. 5.

Loose Cattle

Cattle from Benedict’s Home & Garden Center, 480 Purdy Hill Road, got loose at around 6:04 p.m. on Oct. 11 causing a traffic hazard, police said.

An officer gathered the animals and returned them to their pasture without incident, according to the report.

The owner was notified and given a complaint advisory so he could make sure all animals were accounted for and repair the damaged fence line.

A Cat in a Tree

A Spinning Wheel Road resident whose cat got stuck in a tree at around 8:05 a.m. on Oct. 12 called the police for assistance.

Monroe Animal Control advised the pet owner to hire a tree service or wait after things have calmed down and when the cat felt confident again. A cat that’s stuck in a tree should be rescued by someone with both climbing experience and the proper climbing equipment and knowledge of cat behavior so as not to force the animal to flee from the rescuer and fall from the tree, according to Animal Control Officer Ed Risko.

Squirrel Goes to Rehab

A Turkey Roost Road woman captured an injured squirrel in her back yard at around 5:36 p.m. on Oct. 17 and police said it appeared to have been struck by a vehicle and suffering from head trauma.

Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said it was a closed wound. The animal was transported to a Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection licensed wildlife rehabilitator to be monitored overnight.

Missy’s Missing

A spayed female cat named Missy with tortise shell short hair was reported missing by her family on McGuire Road in Trumbull on Oct. 16.

Beagles for Adoption

Two stray beagles with no collars seen loose on Shelton Road Oct. 16 were brought to the pound. The owner is unknown and there is no match to missing dog reports in the area.

Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said the two dogs are being advertised in the lost and found column of the newspaper and will be available for adoption seven days after that.

A Generous Donation

Monroe Animal Control is grateful to the Dunne family for their Oct. 13 donation of treats and rawhide chews for the dogs staying at the shelter.

Wildlife Casualties

An opossum was found dead in a back yard on Purdy Hill Road on Oct. 15. Police were unable to determine the cause of death.

A deer died after being struck by a vehicle on Monroe Turnpike on Oct. 15. A State Deer Kill incident was reported, Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said, adding no one reported striking the deer.

A coyote died when it was hit by a vehicle on Moose Hill Road on Oct. 12.

A raccoon died after being struck by a vehicle on Monroe Turnpike Oct. 12.

Another raccoon was killed after being struck by a vehicle on Pepper Street on Oct. 12.

jim laguardia October 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I thought we had a deal with the squirrels?? Are they bringing in the special tiny instruments to work on the squirrel?? ....
jim laguardia October 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
No only a deal with the pigeons, no deal with the squirrels
Susan October 22, 2012 at 01:55 PM
This is very concerning to me - rifle hunting is allowed within Monroe? How can we ENSURE that no child (or adult for that matter) walking down a street or playing in their yard will not accidentally be hit in the line of fire? Surely this can't be legal within at least a mile of any home??
Christine E. October 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
"due to its condition they were unable to determine if it was from a bullet or an arrow. " Didn't say the man shot the deer with a rifle. Bow hunting is very much legal in Monroe.
Christine E. October 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Oh never mind, i see what you mean. But still - no need to panick, really.
Rapture October 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Susan want seems more concerning to me is that you don't know the laws about rifle hunting in your own area. Of course there is rifle hunting allowed in Monroe in areas that have enough land...which is still a large portion of Monroe with farms, private and protected lands, and of course there are permit only areas that the town of Monroe signs for both Bow Hunters and Riflemen. Have you ever heard of a child being shot by a hunter? No you only hear of children being shot by other children playing with guns that are not properly locked away by parents; and most of those guns used are not rifles, but pistols.
anon October 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Rapture, be nice ... she was just expressing a concern ... no need to go on an attack

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