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Forest Lake City Council ponders policy after fawns shot

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FOREST LAKE, Minn. (KMSP) -

You may remember the fawns in Forest Lake who came and went freely at Jeff and Lee Ann Carpenter's home and quickly made their way into their hearts.

As the fawns grew older, the couple put bandanas on Pinky and Abbie so they could tell them apart -- but in January, those bandanas more or less sealed the fawns' fate.

The Department of Natural Resources got word about the collared deer and instructed Forest Lake Police to shoot the deer on sight, not knowing where they came from, if they escaped from captivity or if they were diseased. So, an officer shot the deer about 50 feet from the Carpenters home.

"Something like this happens and they don't want to do anything to correct it," Jeff Carpenter told FOX 9 News. "This is the perfect chance to sit down and say, 'We could have done better here."

The very divided Forest Lake City Council is considering a policy proposed by Carpenter that would require officers to get permission from a homeowner before shooting an animal on their property.

"My personal response is: There is no excuse for it at all. I understand the relationship between our police department and DNR. I understand we have to work together," said Councilwoman Jackie McNamara. "There are always circumstances, but I think we have to take a serious look at this."

Police and the DNR stand by how the situation was handled six months ago, but with a divided council, the issue is moving on for further discussion.

"Deer do not wear bandanas. They do not wear collars. They are wild. Let them be wild," said Councilman Jim DuFour. "I think they should just go do more range time get better sharp shooter skills."

Yet, Carpenter argues waking up to nearby gunfire is something no homeowner would welcome. That's why he's pushing for a change.

"If there is a safe and discrete area to dispatch, do so," said Carpenter. "I don't think our yard, outside our bedroom, is a safe place a half hour before sunrise to take a shot gun and blow away an innocent fawn."

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