NORTH SALT LAKE -- Bill Nicholls only wants to help the four-point buck, a regular dinner guest of his, that has an arrow protruding from its neck.
"It is a proud and beautiful animal," Nicholls said of the injured deer with an arrow stuck in the left side of the base of its skull, near the jaw line and below the ear. "Most of the arrow is visible there.
"There are deer tracks all over the place," he said of the animal that on occasion visits his North Salt Lake east bench property to dine on his shrubbery.
But it is out of concern for the injured deer, which appears "otherwise healthy," that Nicholls said he recently contacted the Division of Wildlife Resources Northern Region office in Ogden.
To better illustrate his point, Nicholls took pictures of the deer and what the animal is dealing with.
Nicholls said he is concerned the tip of the arrow could cut a vein, causing the deer to bleed to death. He said the arrow also could cause an infection that could take the deer's life eventually.
"I worry about him," said Nicholls, who believes the arrow could have been shot by a "legitimate hunter" or someone in the area attempting to get the deer off their property.
"We are very much involved in monitoring this deer and have been for several weeks now. We share a lot of concerns that a lot of people have," said Phil Douglass, DWR conservation outreach manager for Northern Utah.
DWR officials are advising the public to leave the deer alone, as they monitor the animal, Douglass said.
The arrow in the deer's neck is "unfortunate and unsightly," Douglass said, but the animal does not appear to be in declining health.
Capturing the deer creates its own set of stressful circumstances for the animal, and officials strongly advise against people taking matters into their own hands in trying to capture the animal and remove the arrow themselves, he said.
"This is a stressful time of year anyway for the deer," Douglass said.
"It is speculation as to how the arrow got there," Douglass said, adding that officials hope the public will be tolerant of wildlife.
It is the DWR's experience that given the nature of this particular injury -- it looks as if the arrow is not in very deep and is in the fleshy part of the neck -- it is best to leave the animal alone, Douglass said.
"Let it adapt as other animals have in injury situations," he said. "The course of action we take is based on a lot of experience."
North Salt Lake City Manager Barry Edwards said he personally is unaware of the injured deer, but is aware there is an urban deer population on the city's east bench.
On Jan. 4, a resident approached the North Salt Lake City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting, complaining of deer eating his shrubbery and questioning whether the city would consider adopting a policy similar to Bountiful city's regarding the response to its urban deer population.
Edwards said the council has taken the resident's complaint under advisement.
Bountiful has been culling its urban deer population, upon residents' request, by shooting some of the animals.
That program is to be reviewed this month by city leaders.