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Unsung Heroes #216

Alert — and grateful — “06880” reader Cia Marion writes:

Early the other morning, we discovered a huge 8-point stag lying in our woods. He appeared to be dead. However, as we cautiously approached, he moved slightly. We realized he was alive, but very incapacitated.

We waited to see if nature would take its course, but it became apparent that this terrified animal was suffering a slow and helpless death.

We left a detailed message with Westport Animal Control. A few minutes later Peter Reid, Westport’s assistant animal control officer, returned our call. He arrived shortly thereafter at our house.

Officer Reid confirmed that the deer could not be saved, so he contacted the Police Department for help. Within minutes, Officer John Margnelli pulled into our driveway, and humanely put the magnificent buck out of its misery.

Peter Reid in 2020, with an injured fawn.

Now the question remained what to do with the 300-pound body. Try to salvage what venison could be saved, or let our neighborhood coyotes and turkey vultures do their unpleasant but essential work as nature’s recyclers?

Fortunately, our neighbor Rob Sweetnam has a hunting friend with a truck. They wrestled this very heavy and unwieldy carcass out of the woods and into the vehicle.

We were very impressed throughout this experience with how competently, compassionately and professionally Officers Reid and Margnelli handled this unfortunate situation. We feel lucky to have such wonderful people working in our town.

And our hats are off to our neighbor Rob and his friend for their quick thinking and Yankee ingenuity in finding a way to remove the deer from the woods, so that some good use could come from its death.

Although the loss of this beautiful creature was quite sad, the response to our need for help was very uplifting. A sincere thank you to everyone involved!

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