Most injured deer are the victims of collisions with vehicles. Unfortunately, there are few medical options for injured adult deer. They are severely traumatized by being captured and their fear can result in further trauma or death.
If the deer is down and unable to get up, the most humane option is to have the deer destroyed to prevent prolonged suffering. Contact your local DNR conservation officer, police department, or sheriff's department and report the exact location of the deer.
If you observe an injured deer that is able to move and walk, call a wildlife expert to help evaluate the situation. You may provide assistance to the animal by establishing a feeding station containing cracked corn, apples, sunflower seeds, and alfalfa. Provide protection so the animal may rest by keeping dogs and humans away from the injured deer. There may be a local ordinance that prohibits the feeding of wild animals. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator, wildlife facility, or a wildlife veterinarian as soon as possible.
The Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley location, provides care for all wild animals except skunks. We will provide phone advice for skunk situations. Please bring your wild animal directly to the Golden Valley location. If you need further advice or assistance you may call the Wildlife Exam at (763) 489-2223.