Hit a Deer? It Might Get Thrown to the Wolves
It can happen anywhere, any time, day or night. Hitting a deer with your vehicle can be treacherous and deadly for both the driver and the deer.
If you have had an unfortunate collision with wildlife, you know it can be very scary and usually catches you off guard. If the deer survives, it could be wounded and wander off the road, or simply collapse where it lands.
Either way, what happens to that deer? I never really thought about it until I saw a post on Facebook about an Ipswich, Massachusetts, business which takes the deceased animals.
Wolf Hollow on Route 133 in Ipswich is a sanctuary for wolves. The sanctuary is open to the public as an educational opportunity for the public. It's a popular stop for class trips too.
According to the Facebook page, "Wolf Hollow is a 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission to provide awareness on the importance of wolves in the wild through education and exposure." They are part of a large network of wildlife non-profit organizations working to give wolves a chance to be part of the ecosystem they are so vital to.
Meanwhile, deer involved in collisions and picked up by the Massachusetts Environmental Police, local Animal Control, and the Department of Public Works, are then donated to Wolf Hollow to serve as a tasty dinner and some good nutrition.
Wolf Hollow does not take just any fresh meat. If they don't know the origins, they don't accept it. They generally only accept donations from state and municipal agencies.
Thus is the circle of life.
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