FWC seeks help in attack on deer at Nature's Classroom

Hillsborough authorities are looking for leads into an animal cruelty case.

The vicious attack deer at Nature's Classroom early this week has left many distraught.

The animals were living at the Hillsborough County school's facility in Thonotosassa, a place dedicated to teaching kids about local wildlife.

"That's just mean cruel, I can't believe someone would do something like that,” says Candace McCave of Thonotosassa.

"I think it's terrible, especially since kids come here to learn. Shouldn't be doing that in the first place,” says Jodi Gologram, who’s lived in the area for 10 years.

Few details have been released but Gary Morse with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, someone broke into a secured pen at Nature's Classroom and killed the deer.

“I've been working for the agency for 39 years, and this is one of the most senseless situations I've come across,” says Morse.

A third deer was injured but is still alive. FWC did not comment on the condition of the animal.

Since Nature's Classroom has few people living near the property, FWC needs your help to make an arrest.
“I think they should be punished in some way,” says Gologram.

The attack of an animal isn't the first for the school district.

 In 2008, someone beat a llama in a stable at Gaither High School. No one was arrested.

"It's just outrageous, that's just mean,” says McCave.

People here are hoping for justice this time around.

This type of cruelty is a felony, so whomever did this faces some serious charges.

If you know anything, call FWC at (863) 648-3200. 


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