Deer beaten to death at Nature's Classroom

Security cameras didn't caputre deer beating
Posted at 5:24 PM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 17:24:30-04

Lisa Wancio loved reporting to work each morning at Nature's Classroom in Hillsborough County. She was in charge of teaching students about the three deer that lived on the property. She named the deer Rosy, Buck, and Katy.

"They were apart of my life and that's why it's important that we get some closure to this," said Wancio.

Three weeks ago Lisa came to work and found two of the deer dead on the ground. The third deer was badly injured.

"It was horrible," said Wancio.

F.W.C. officers said the deer were beaten to death.

"It's a cruel act, but I'm not going to speculate on motive we just want identify someone here," said officer James Boogaerts.

Boogaerts said the park's security cameras did not capture the crime. He said they have very few leads in the case.  

"Someone knows about this and it's very upsetting," said Boogaerts.

Administrators at Nature's Classroom said they have increased security until an arrest is made.

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