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Rare white-tailed deer in NYC park will not be euthanized

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Time almost ran out for a rare white-tailed deer that had been living in a Harlem park for several days. On Friday, the city planned to euthanize the buck after police captured it inside of Jackie Robinson Park. The deer had drawn national attention after he wandered into the Polo Grounds Towers apartment complex two weeks ago.

How the buck came to be in the area remains a mystery, but it has been rumored that Harlem residents had cared for him as a fawn and the buck was accustomed to humans and swam back to Manhattan to find the people who raised him, searching for food or to find a mate.

According to Abc7News, the city originally said euthanizing the deer, currently being held in an East Harlem animal shelter, was “the only humane and safe recourse. The deer was brought to Animal Care and Control,” stated a spokesperson from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. It wasn’t long before animal lover, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Thursday offering assistance to relocate the deer. State regulations however preclude deer from being transported across county lines accept for scientific purposes because of their low survival rates. Still the governor had no intentions of giving up and the “buck stopped here.”

Around noon on Friday, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, the regulatory body for wild animals, announced the decision  to relocate the deer to upstate New York.

“Although survival rates for relocated deer are low and transport is a great stressor, DEC is the regulatory body here. The state has seen fit in this instance to transport the deer.

On Friday morning radio, Blasio tried to explain why he favored euthanizing the buck stating it was too difficult to relocate the animal. And despite the public outcry he stood firm on his decision stating:

“A deer does not belong in the middle of an urban neighborhood. The deer could not be left where they are. It could not be left in the streets of Harlem. I’m sorry. That is just absolutely unacceptable and dangerous.”

Good luck Bambi. We hope you can find a new home in the forest where you will be safe. Many thanks to Governor Cuomo for his compassion.

(Photo of white-tailed deer screenshot via Facebook)

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8 replies
  1. Patty says:

    Why is the initial IMMEDIATE thought for a course of action for anything, is to EUTHANIZE it ?? !!!!!!! Glad there was at least one rocket scientist in the group …..

  2. Cherryl Gallo-Trapolsi says:

    Thank u Mr Cuomo! But NOT 4 his intervention…WHAT THE HELL!!!??? Why KILL HIM! ??? Did a man HAVE 2 intervene!!!??? What iz w/ ALL THE DAMN KILLING! ???

  3. Denise Dreon-Watson says:

    Good job to Gov. Cuomo doing all he can to save the deer! But shame on Mayor DeBlasio!! He is a HEARTLESS LIAR. He promised to end horse drawn carriages in NYC and after being elected, changed his mind. Jerk!

  4. rieann says:

    no they were going to murder it because it is the EASY WAY OUT, but with the whole world watching now i guess easier to save its life

  5. Nadya Rossi says:

    I hate Cuomo! This isn’t the first time he’s proven to be an enemy of all animals. He’s a terribly corrupt and uncaring individual. This deal should have been protected!


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