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Oh, Deer! Buck Goes Buck Wild Down Wyandotte Streets

The deer was corralled into a backyard near 22nd and Eureka before taking off again.

Residents near Fort and Eureka had a surprise visitor outside their houses Saturday evening.

A deer was spotted running down several residential streets before finally being corralled in a backyard on 22nd Street, just off Eureka, at about 6 p.m.

A 6-foot privacy fence trapped the deer long enough for concerned residents to call police. Or so they thought.

"The deer was pretty tired," Police Chief Daniel Grant said. "It was running around and obviously very excited. ... (People) called for animal control and they were on the way, just about on the scene, when the deer rested for a few minutes and got enough energy to jump out of the fence and started to run around again."

Now able to see what they were dealing off, officers figured they could safely relocate the deer, Grant said.

"Once it got out of the yard, the officers were able to chase it toward the tracks with their sirens on and hitting the air horns," he said. "It got on the railroad tracks and started running south, where it's more open and there's a large deer population already in that West Jefferson, Biddle area."

Grant said he's pleased with the way the situation was handled, noting that officers responded with a tranquilizer gun, hoping for a nonlethal ending.

"We never got that far since the deer took off, but knocking it out and relocating it would have been the answer," he said.

The only times deadly force is used, Grant said, is if a deer is in distress, injured, about to cause a traffic accident or endanger the public in any way.

"Certainly, we want that to be a last resort," he said.

Noreen DeCuir October 03, 2012 at 12:22 PM
It's good to see that our animal control will use all means to capture and relocate an animal in place of just committing murder. As a member of aspca I am pleased to see this happen. We share this earth with all forms of animal life and need to protect them and respect them.
Constance York October 03, 2012 at 01:02 PM
With the deer population exploding in the last ten years around here, I would expect this to happen a lot more often. People should drive with caution through the Jefferson/Pennsylvania area- especially this time of year.
Jerry Barton October 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I'd have been more than willing to take the venison...
Mike Navin October 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Maybe this isn't the right forum to bring this up but, I live on the south side of the city and the other night I heard a pack of coyotes howling like crazy. I've also found what looked like to be coyote droppings in my backyard recently. One morning a couple of years ago I saw a coyote run across Biddle into the neighborhood across from Portifinos. This is obviously a concern that people should have when it comes to people's pet's and their safety and wondering what the city/police advise residents to do if they come upon one. I'll be blunt: If I see a coyote in my backyard and all other aspects are safe, can I shoot it?
Sam123 October 03, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I am fine with the tranquilizer attempt, but had it gone the other way this four legged protien factory would have made a nice addition to one of the local soup kitchens.
Sue Thorne October 03, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I agree Noreen, we do need to protect and respect all animals. The deer around here aren't for hunting. They are to be enjoyed and admired. I never seen deer except once or twice when I was up north and as shocking as it is, I can see deer anytime I want in Wyandotte. It's amazing to me.
bruce a charette October 03, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Hey Mike..if it were a stray dog in your backyard WOULD YOU SHOOT IT? just because its a coyote does not grant the reasoning for SHOOTING IT..let the animal control deal with it, i dont trust your aiming.
Kelly B October 03, 2012 at 05:52 PM
This must be the same deer spotted on Orchard at 6th over the weekend. A coyote wad also spotted at Forest & 7th a few months ago. Not to mentioned our usual ground hog problem, possums & a skunk.
P Kelly October 03, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I live near the railroad tracks on Clinton (near Emmons) and I've heard the coyotes howling at the trains many many times this summer. I don't think they care for the train's horn......
Paul October 04, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Too bad thia little fella didn.t make his way down near Ford and 11th...its just a quick drag over to Solz's fine deer processing table...i hear they do fine work there. Paul
Jerry Barton October 04, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Actually, Paul, I've had a deer processed at Soltz's once...and would never have a deer processed there again. I actually found hair in some of my meat and ended up throwing the rest away after that. The only really good meat I got there were the backstraps and that was because they cut them out right there in front of me when I dropped it off. The rest may have been fit for jerky...if I wanted to floss with the hair.
Paul October 04, 2012 at 02:13 PM
OK Jerry....that just was just a llittle attempt at humor and getting all the tree huggers out there stirred up a little bit.
Jerry Barton October 05, 2012 at 10:44 AM
I'm a proud member of PETA, Paul. People Eating Tasty Animals. Our motto is "Every animal has it's place...right next to the potatoes and gravy."

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