LeafBlade, I know everyone meant well, but did it occur to anyone that being touched by even one human was incredibly stressful for that deer? Deer are wild animals; I don't care how well-meaning the bikers were, if the deer was aware that they were touching it, it wasn't being comforted, it was being terrified. If you were lying injured and stunned on the ground, would you have found it comforting to awaken to the realization that you were being sniffed and licked by a couple of cougars, with even more gathering around you? We are predators, and every prey animal knows it, even if we don't. It wasn't just you making the deer nervous, it was probably starting to come around and be more aware of everything that was happening around it. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if, shortly after you left, that deer began using its sharp hooves to defend itself against its would-be rescuers. I hope it had a good outcome; not caring enough to find out the status of an animal they had struck was very callous of the motorist that hit it.
I'm curious - did you examine any of those dead coots that you saw, and find wounds on them? While it certainly is possible that it was someone who was just killing them for the "fun" of it, as you know, most legal hunters are far more respectful and responsible than to shoot at a flock and just leave the birds to rot (or to kill outside of the October-to-January hunting season in your state). Being a bit hyper-aware of Avian Influenza at the moment, if I were to come across several dead water fowl, the possibility of disease wouldn't be far from my mind - nor the possibility of poisoning, come to that.
Edited by Bunnylady - 10/30/15 at 5:34pm