On Friday morning, good news was released to animal lovers who were concerned about the fate of a rare white-tailed deer that had been living in a Harlem, New York, park. According to reports, the city’s plan to euthanize the buck had been scrapped, much to the relief of individuals who were appalled that the deer was going to be put down.
Tragically, the deer has since died. According to ABC 7 News, the deer died while in captivity, waiting for transport to a new habitat upstate. According to city officials, it is believed that the deer died from the stress of being in captivity. According to CBS New York, the deer was captured on Thursday and was awaiting transport – the deer had been sedated for the trek before he passed away.
It is believed that the combination of cold temperatures and the effect of tranquilizers (and stress) brewed the perfect deadly storm for the ill-fated buck. In a statement, DEC spokesman Sean Mahar outlined what transpired:
We offered yesterday to take possession of the deer and transport it to a suitable habitat. The City did not accept our offer until just before noon, and while we were arriving on scene the deer died in the City’s possession.
Prior story this ill-fated deer here.