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3 deer beaten to death at Florida environmental center

FWC looks for culprit

Three deer were found beaten at Nature's Classroom in Hillsborough County.
Three deer were found beaten at Nature's Classroom in Hillsborough County. (Nature's Classroom)

THONOTOSASSA, Fla. – Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are looking for the person who beat three deer to death at an environmental center in Hillsborough County. 

FWC posted on its Facebook page Friday that a staff caretaker at Nature’s Classroom found two adult deer and one fawn severely beaten the morning of Oct. 3. The two adult deer were found already dead. The fawn was alive, but seriously injured. Veterinarians tried to save the deer, but she died the next day from her injuries. 

Officials with FWC said the deer were beaten with a blunt object. 

All three deer were captive and considered pets to the staff and children who visited the educational facility, FWC writes. 

Many commenters online expressed outrage at the senseless killing of the animals. 

"Get them then prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," one man wrote on Facebook. "This kind of depravity cannot be allowed if we are to be a civil society."

A cash reward is being offered through Crime Stoppers. Information about the crime can be reported anonymously by calling 1-800-873-TIPS.

 


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