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Hunting deer in NJ?

Dont have to go to far I guess.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=817&ncid=757&e=10&u=/ap/...

LINDEN, N.J. - A wayward deer entered a clothing store through the front door and wandered around for more than an hour Monday, knocking down shelves and trampling clothes, before it was shot with tranquilizer darts by a New York City Police Department team.

The full-grown, antlered buck walked into the Planet Kidz store between noon and 1 p.m. A few customers were inside, but they quickly left and no one was hurt, said head manager Joseph Velelis.

He said he tried to calm the deer down by talking to it, but the animal panicked and charged toward the back of the store.

At one point, the deer, which weighed between 160 and 180 pounds, approached a full-length mirror and apparently thinking its reflection was another deer, jumped into the mirror front hooves first.

Linden authorities contacted the closest emergency unit with a tranquilizer gun, a Staten Island-based NYPD team. Team members fired three tranquilizer darts, and the officers were able to subdue the animal and carry it out.

The deer was taken to the Linden animal shelter and was expected to be returned to the woods once the tranquilizers wore off.

The 10,000-square-foot Planet Kidz store is in a shopping center near a 26-acre forest. A Union County wildlife official said deer often get confused during this time of year, which is the height of mating season.

"They kind of get disoriented at this time of year and act irrationally," Karen Invillo, assistant director of the county's Trailside Nature Science Center, told The Star-Ledger of Newark. "Something also might have spooked him, and he just got disoriented and ended up in a strange location."

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Hunting deer in NJ?

Since when is 26 acres a forest???

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Hunting deer in NJ?

Must be a NJ forest.

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He said he tried to calm the deer down by talking to it, but the animal panicked and charged toward the back of the store.

Sounds like Joesph had watched the The Horse Whisper one too many times.

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"Something also might have spooked him, and he just got disoriented and ended up in a strange location."

Right. What really happened is that the buck was new to this whole mating thing and really believed Ms. Bright-eyes Doe when she told him to meet her at the back of Planet Kidz store. Poor guy, I feel sorry for him.

He'll be ok though after the tranquilizers wear off. Rub his head on a few trees, thrash a few bushes and he'll be right back in the chase.

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