Samples from the organs of a yearling doe are being sent to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife health lab in Caldwell for analysis after several deer have been found dead in Dalton Gardens near Coeur d'Alene, Coeur d'Alene Press reports
The organs come from a deer that was shot by a Kootenai County Sheriff's deputy Sept. 21, after the deer showed signs of difficulty standing and walking straight. According to police, the deer also had foam around its mouth.
"When [the officer] approached it, it struggled to stand up, and then it began to walk diagonally," said Lt. Stu Miller of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. "The deer than ran into several lawn decorations and finally lay down on the southeast corner of the yard."
Residents of the neighborhood where the deer was found told police that four does have been found dead in the area in the last two weeks. The does leave behind four to eight orphaned fawns that are being weaned.
Law enforcement began to suspect poisoning after the dead animals showed no signs of physical injury.