Buck seriously wounded by arrow is euthanized by wildife officers in The Pinery community

Buck's body pierced by arrow

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - State wildlife officers euthanized a deer Friday that was seriously wounded by an arrow in rural Douglas County.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Church said the arrow had gone all the way through the buck's body.

Church said it's unclear if a crime was committed, because the deer could have been hunted legally elsewhere and then wandered into The Pinery community, where it was spotted on Thursday. The buck had an arrow jutting from its back.

CPW officers were unable to find the deer on Thursday, but a resident of The Pinery saw the buck Friday morning and directed wildlife officers to it.

The Pinery resident Liz Thomas told 7NEWS she thinks the deer was shot in her yard, because there was blood along her split-board fence.

Bow hunting for deer is in season east of Interstate 25. However, The Pinery Homeowners Association issued a policy statement last month stating it "opposes all use of firearms and archery methods to control the deer population in The Pinery. This would include public hunting, sharpshooters, or other culling efforts." The association also opposes using contraceptives and trapping and relocation to control the deer population.

While saying that deer are a natural part of the Ponderosa pine forest where The Pinery is located, the association acknowledged the community has a deer overpopulation problem.

"The density of deer in our community has grown to a level that is causing conflicts with homeowners," the association deer policy report said. "The conflicts include, but are not limited to, vehicle damage, landscape damage, and harassment/injury of pets."

A 2012 Colorado Parks and Wildlife survey found that, while 60 percent of The Pinery's residents said that seeing deer in the semi-rural development "made them feel connected to nature," nearly 70 percent of those surveyed felt there were too many deer in the area.

Some 58 percent of residents surveyed supported allowing recreational hunting in The Pinery, and 57 percent said they would support the use of sharpshooters to reduce deer numbers.