Idaho wildlife agent shoots neighborhood’s beloved deer, highlighting dangers of feeding wild animals

Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.

The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing into bed at the same hotel where the American government workers were housed. Those weren't the only parallels. Convinced the incidents must be related, Allen joined a growing list of private U.S. citizens asking the same alarming but unanswerable question: Were we victims, too?

It may be that Allen's unexplained illness, which lingered for months and bewildered a half-dozen neurologists in the United States, bears no connection to whatever has harmed at least 22 American diplomats, intelligence agents and their spouses over the last year. But for Cuba and the U.S., it matters all the same.

Three shots is what it took to kill a “once in a lifetime miracle,” said Mia Suchoski.

“This was an orphan deer that the whole community helped raise,” said Suchoski, a St. Maries resident.

That deer, which neighbors named “Baby,” was shot and killed by an Idaho Fish and Game officer on Sunday, Oct. 8, after the agency received several complaints about the animal. The deer had become a beloved member of a St. Maries neighborhood during the past year, Suchoski said. The deer’s death has left bitter feelings between neighbors who loved the deer and those who considered it dangerous or a nuisance.

Idaho Fish and Game officials call the shooting a painful reminder why humans shouldn’t feed or take care of wild animals.

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Because letting things be is just too hard for the government.  It was one dear and the community was taking care of it.  BTW: do you know where reindeers came from?  No, not Santa's workshop. They're domesticated caribou.  Somehow people were able deal with creatures that get 3 – 4x times bigger.

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