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Injured Deer Found Near Diversey, Western And Elston

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Photo Of A Doe. (National Park Service Photo)

Photo Of A Doe. (National Park Service Photo)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A deer – hurt and bleeding – was cornered in a yard near the busy intersection of Diversey, Western and Elston avenues Tuesday afternoon.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, it was the latest in a string of unusual deer-versus-the-city incidents this year.

The deer was bleeding with a gash in its front leg when it was found.

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“I’m told that the deer had gotten into a front yard with a wrought iron fence,” said Cherie Travis, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Travis said animal control agents were going to try to tranquilize the deer.

Chicago Police say the deer was spotted about 4:20 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Wolfram Street, which is close to North Branch of the Chicago River.

This follows news of a doe that took up residence with her two fawns in the Boystown neighborhood near Belmont Avenue and Halsted Street.

That deer was initially spotted in the sweltering heat on June 8, in the courtyard of a building in the 600 block of West Barry Avenue.

Building resident Bruce Alan Beal said the deer looked “scared to death,” but was safe, and that city officials told neighbors to leave the animal alone.

The deer gave birth to the two fawns sometime afterward and settled in the courtyard near Belmont and Halsted.

But problems arose when people began feeding the deer, a practice that officials said could make the deer too used to humans ever to survive in the wild. Concerns about that, and about how the crowds coming to the Gay Pride Parade this coming Sunday would affect the deer, prompted Animal Control agents to say the animals would have to be relocated.

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