Monthly Archives: June 2013

Lilly the Deer Saved

Former Genesee County Circuit Judge Val Washington announced a deal with the DNR Monday to allow Lilly to remain with her caretakers:


FLINT MICHIGAN – I am pleased to announce today, after several weeks of negotiations, that an agreement has been reached with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that will allow Lilly to remain in the care of her caretakers. Given Lilly’s unique circumstances, the deal represents the best possible outcome for her continued health and survival. Lilly’s Caretakers have applied for an Exhibition Class Permit and they will continue to provide Lilly with the love, care, and environment she needs to thrive.


Lilly’s Caretakers are today issuing the following public statement:


“Lilly’s Caretakers recognize that the circumstances under which Lilly became a member of their household and hearts are unique and were not authorized by any rule, or law of the State of Michigan. Lilly’s Caretakers fully recognize that there are rules and laws in the State of Michigan that govern the possession and ownership of wild animals and prohibit persons from taking wild animals from the wild and possessing wild animals without a validly issued permit by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Lilly’s Caretakers strongly encourage all citizens of the State of Michigan to leave wild animals in the wild, and if they come into a circumstance where they are in possession of a wild animal, they should follow the rules and laws of the State of Michigan that cover possession and owning wild animals including, but not limited to, immediately seeking the guidance and direction of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources before taking any individual action related to any wild animal. We, the Caretakers of Lilly the Deer have applied for a Privately Owned Cervidae Facility – Exhibition Class Permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and will abide by the requirements for that permit to the best of our ability.”

Michigan Family Fights to Keep Pet Deer (ClickonDetroit)

“A Genesee County family is fighting to keep their pet deer, Lilly.

Lilly was rescued by the family (who has asked to remain anonymous) about five years ago, after the deer’s mother was hit by a car outside their home in 2009. Before dying, she gave birth to Lilly.

Now, the family says Lilly has become “like their child” and has accustomed to “sleeping on the couch, playing Frisbee and watching TV” with their sons. But when a neighbor’s friend saw the deer, she contacted the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which came to confiscate the deer…”

Read the rest of the story by clicking here.

Pet Deer, Lilly, Sparks Legal Battle for Michigan Family (Huffington Post)

“A family is doing everything they can to keep their deer companion.

The Genesee County, Mich., couple, who have declined to give their names to the media, said they have been told by the state’s Department of Natural Resources that “Lilly,” their pet of five years, can’t stay with them any longer, WNEM reports.

The couple rescued Lilly after a car killed the deer’s mother half a decade ago. Now the female component of the couple said losing the deer would be tough to bear…”

Read more at the Huffington Post here.