Medicine Hat Police took to social media to explain the decision to euthanize an injured deer today.

Police responded to the 500 block of 3rd Street NW at the request of Wildlife Officers who did not have anyone close to attend.

Officers found a severely injured young deer, and an officer determined shooting it was not an option given the closeness of nearby homes.

The decision was made to use a knife and officers attempted to contact most area residents to advise them what was going on.

Police say they are aware of a video circulation on social media and they support the officers decisions and actions in this matter.