Feather the mule deer was born in 2006, kept as a pet for several months by the people who found her and, eventually taken from them by the Arizona Game & Fish Department.
Deer who have been captive cannot be released in Arizona because of the risk of spreading Chronic Wasting Disease to the wild deer population. Chronic Wasting Disease is a neurological disease in deer which affects the brain and nervous system and causes them to stop eating. The disease is devastating, but fortunately, Feather doesn’t have it.
For many years Feather was the only deer at Southwest Wildlife and enjoyed her starring role. She’s plenty spoiled by a few of her fan club among the volunteers and staff with lots of fresh greens, fruits and veggies.