Harlem deer has died

Tragic update on Harlem deer

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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.

7 replies
  1. pennysdachshund says:

    Personally I don’t think this was an accident!!! I think the city officials were not going to let Governor Como or any of the other state officials tell them what they were going to do and overdosed This Poor DEER who did nothing to deserve the fate he was handed!!! There are too many holes in the story!!!

    • Karin says:

      I agree with you. When news came out about the deer being transported back to the wild a official; don’t know who he was, but a white collar worker, was being interviewed on the news about it. He had a pissed off look on his face insisting relocation was the wrong thing to do. Def a head scratcher as to what really happened.

  2. Cherryl Gallo-Trapolsi says:

    OMG! I just read the GOOD news a few hours ago, & was so happy 4 just 1 ‘victory!’ &…??? I’m sad. I’m STILL VERY grateful 4 Mr Cuomo.

  3. Darla says:

    I’ve seen stoties on TV about deer and, as much as I am usually very skeptical, I think it’s true that the deer died of stress and other issues. 🙁

  4. Dori Butterick says:

    once again they let this go for weeks this is bullshit your all dumb asses this did not have to end this way ,rescues from all over including here i Ga are watching you ,many contacted you to help and you waited till this poor deer was just beside himself ,how sad you cant even handle a small deer ,i think you just killed it sorry


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