Woman fights to keep her pet deer

Janet Schwartz thinks of Bimbo as her baby. A baby that happens to be a five-year-old deer.

But the provincial Environment Ministry says the Ucluelet woman can’t legally keep wildlife as a pet, and is asking Schwartz to release the doe back into the wild — or to an animal-rehabilitation centre.

“I love her and I don’t want to lose her,” said Schwartz, who lives in the bush near Mussel Beach.

Schwartz found Bimbo on the side of the highway five years ago near Ucluelet — home to many roaming deer — beside the fawn’s dead mother. Bimbo has lived with her ever since, along with Schwartz’s boyfriend, two dogs, a cat and an outdoor goat.

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