Updated: The young deer returned to Darrah’s backyard on Wednesday.*
When a deer with an arrow piercing its jaw wandered into the Rockaway Township backyard of Susan Darrah on Friday, she was so appalled she posted a picture on Facebook and called the authorities.
“Tried to capture him to no avail… he can eat, run and there’s no blood, less chance of infection,” Darrah writes. “I just feel so bad for him.”
N.J. wildlife officials haven’t been able to find the deer, reports nj.com, which notes that the state is in the middle of bow hunt season.
*Updated Thursday 11.07.13: Darrah has been putting out corn and pears in her backyard for the deer, as instructed by the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife. On Wednesday afternoon she saw the wounded deer show up with seven friends, The Star-Ledger reports. The animals chomped on the food for about 20 minutes and then retreated into the woods as it grew dark. Darrah again contacted authorities; Fish and Wildlife crews continue to search for the wounded animal.
h/t The Daily Mail