Bimbo the domesticated deer’s health and safety is still under scrutiny, after Janet Schwartz received a letter from the B.C. Ministry of Environment on Tuesday stating that she must release Bimbo back into the wild. This is the not the first letter the woman has received, back in 2009 a similar letter was sent to Janet, who then petitioned to have rights granted to her to have Bimbo considered a pet. A request that minister Terry Lake states was declined. It has also been said that at the time that the application was declined, Janet was given a letter instructing her how to properly release Bimbo back into the wild to maximize survival.
It seems that the case has been reopened after being lost due to shuffling of the ministry. A recent anonymous complaint alerted the ministry that Janet had not done as requested. It is said that Bimbo is kept in the yard with a large leash, and that the yard may be unsafe with dangerous debris, and photos from the tipper have been included in the formal complaint. It is also believed that Bimbo is not receiving the proper diet fit for a deer.
The Minister does agree that releasing Bimbo directly into the wild would be a poor choice in action, and states that sending the animal to a rehabilitation center would be the best idea. The creature will be assessed by a crew of wild life people before any permanent placement is made. Lake has also made it a priority to have this case closed, and have Bimbo getting the best care possible.