The deer was located Tuesday by a neighbor in the 4800 block of Legend Creek Drive. They cut it loose and called Fulshear Police. When that officer arrived the deer was still standing on the back porch of the house, nylon rope still knotted around its antlers.
Officer Kevin Zieschang helped remove the rope from its antlers and return it to the wooded area behind the homes. "I tried to spook him to get him to run back out into the woods, but he wasn't having it. He wanted to hang out with us," said Zieschang. It came to a point in fact where the deer, which neighborhood kids have nicknamed "Hank", followed the officer out front. "He's not scared at all!!!!" said Zieschang.
He worries about what someone was going to do with it. "That's unacceptable. You can't tie a wild animal up like that." he said.
After some time of trying to coerce "Hank" into the wilderness Tueday, the deer finally left. Today, it returned. Just as we were interviewing Officer Zieschang in the very backyard where the deer was captured and later set free.
"He came back to see me!" Zieschang said.
It was as if the deer wanted to say thank you. It nuzzled the officer and let Zieschang scratch its head. "I don't have nothing for you man!" he told the deer, as if it understood what he was saying.
Officer Zieshcang had already given him something: freedom. "I'm not sure what the next route is for him," he said.
Again today, Hank wouldn't go home. Fulshear police worry about what happens if the deer continues to come back. They've now got it corralled in the backyard of another home. They've called game wardens with Texas Parks and Wildlife who will determine if it might need to be relocated for its own safety and the safety of those living in this neighborhood. Investigators will also be looking for the person who tied the deer up. Doing so, authorities say, could be considered a crime, depending upon circumstances.