People advised to avoid Sidney Park to protect deer that has made its way there

Volunteers spent hours trying to save the deer
Volunteers spent hours trying to save the deer in Sidney Park -Credit:Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue

Members of the public are advised to avoid Sidney Park in Cleethorpes to protect the safety and wellbeing of a deer that has made its way there, as volunteers do all they can to attempt to save the creature.

On Sunday morning, Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue took to its Facebook page to announce that a roe had been spotted in the park, and advised people to stay away from the creature to avoid causing it too much stress. Deer can suffer with post-capture myopathy, a condition caused by stress which can result in death.

In a post, volunteers from the rescue organisation wrote: "We are aware of a deer that has made its way into Sidney Park.


"As much as we would love to be able to relocate him, deer are incredibly strong and fast. The deer in the park is a roe, they can weigh 25kg and run at 37mph, there is nothing a volunteer is going to be able to do that will stop them without risking volunteers and the deer getting seriously injured.

"Deer also suffer with a condition called post-capture myopathy, which, when they are chased or captured the stress can cause them to die, even if the deer was perfectly healthy prior to capture.

"As you see daily, we do all we can for wildlife, we’re not going to be able to stop a healthy deer such as this one. We’d love to be superhuman but sometimes, it just doesn’t work that way.

Sidney Park, Cleethorpes
Sidney Park, Cleethorpes -Credit:GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford

"For now, please do not attempt to chase the deer, the park is large enough to allow him a place to cool down, place dogs on leads and we will continue to monitor him as much as we possibly can."

Several hours later, volunteers wrote a follow-up post in which they said they had been left "appalled" at people's disregard for wildlife, with some dog walkers "ignoring" the organisation's request to keep their animals on leads.

The post reads: "Today volunteers have spent hours with the deer in the park, very rarely are we so appalled with the disregard for wildlife. Deer should be able to use our parks for safety as it is their home.

"The deer had left the park shortly after being chased, but sadly it entered main roads and we had no choice but to navigate it back to the park or risk it be hit by cars.

"We told countless people to place dogs on leads and were ignored and even had to capture out of control dogs for their owners.

"We’re working with the council and the police to try our best to get a good result, however, with signs of capture myopathy setting in from the stress of today, if members of the public do not use common sense, there will not be a good result.

"So please, avoid the park, place dogs on lead if you’re using the park, and generally just stay away from the deer.

"We’re doing everything we can as volunteers but we are only human. We’re hoping that we can help it as night falls, but that may not be possible if the deer continues to be attacked. Please avoid the park."

Cleethorpes' Sidney Park
Cleethorpes' Sidney Park -Credit:Rick Byrne/Grimsby Live

On Sunday night, volunteers returned to Sidney Park to attempt to catch the deer, but despite their best efforts, they were unsuccessful.

In a third post, they advised members of the public to consider another park to walk their dogs, to not chase or attempt to capture the deer and to be considerate to the creature if they do decide to visit the park.

They continued: "We are truly disheartened that we’ve had to put the deer through the stress of rescue attempts because this should be a safe place for wildlife, but clearly after yesterday it has proved to not be.

"Over 270 messages and calls came in regarding this deer yesterday, so far the combined total of volunteer hours for this rescue stands at 31 hours! (As we write this post at 03:50).

"We will have volunteers attending tomorrow to monitor wherever possible, but it’s of course important to remember, that we deal with sometimes 20 rescues a day - we’re all volunteers, we’re not superhuman and we can’t be there 24/7 as much as we would like to be, but we’re doing all we can.

"If you see our volunteers, please be respectful, they do not deserve the comments they’ve received saying they’re not doing enough… when they’re doing everything they can.

"From an exhausted volunteer, thank you."