Grand Canyon visitors may face citation for picking up deer

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK: Grand Canyon officials say they'll likely cite visitors who thought they were rescuing a baby deer by wrapping it in a T-shirt and bringing it to rangers — another instance of well-meaning tourists putting wildlife at risk.

Park ranger Della Yurcik tells the Arizona Daily Sun that the couple who picked up the fawn last week said it walked up to them near a creek and its mother was nowhere in sight.

Yurcik, fearing for its survival, took the deer back to the creek. She says rangers saw its mother return, and they were seen together again two days later.

There was no happy ending for a bison calf scooped up in Yellowstone National Park last month by tourists worried about its welfare. The animal had to be euthanised because it couldn't be reunited with its herd.