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Deer wedged behind the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown

One of two deer dies after being captured

One of two deer dies after being captured

October 30, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Two deer ran through downtown Hagerstown Monday morning, and one later died of stress after it was captured and relocated.

The deer became corralled for more than an hour in a small area behind the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown at the corner of South Prospect and West Washington streets.

The deer were taken to Indian Springs wildlife area near Clear Spring, where the older one died, officials said.

Department of Natural Resources officials released the other deer, a 6-month-old fawn, said Donald Rohrback of the Department of Natural Resources.

Police followed the deer from the area near the police station on Burhans Boulevard, Officer Martin Gonzalez said.

Officers were trying to herd the deer toward City Park and stop traffic so the animals wouldn't be hurt when the deer turned toward the church, Gonzalez said.

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The deer leaped over a small barrier into an enclosed area near the church, where they became stuck between the walls and an oil tank, according to 16-year-old Nick Anderson.

Nick watched the deer, followed by two police cars, turn off Washington Street and onto South Prospect Street, he said.

In their struggle, the deer broke several church windowpanes, Pastor Kyle Powderly said.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials tranquilized the deer and lifted them out of the enclosure.

Deer sometimes get disoriented and wander into urban areas, Rohrback said.

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