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JCMAN320
December 1st, 2009, 06:49 PM
Deer spotted in Jersey City is tranquilized at Governors Island

By Ron Zeitlinger/The Jersey Journal
December 01, 2009, 4:06PM

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The deer that jumped into the Hudson River near Exchange Place in Jersey City is seen on the rocks at Governors island in New York Harbor.

The wayward deer that jumped into the Hudson River and swam to Governors Island in New York Harbor has been rescued.

After watching the buck walking among the rocks in a futile attempt to reach dry land on Governors Island, New York City animal control officials tranquilized the animal at about 3 p.m. and brought it to land, a New York City police spokeswoman said this afternoon.

The buck is in good condition, the spokeswoman said, and was brought to a wildlife preserve park in Staten Island.

The eight- to 10-pointer drew the attention of media on both sides of the river after Downtown Jersey City residents reported seeing it swimming in the Hudson River near Exchange Place around noon today.

Earlier in the day Jersey City police received a number of calls from Downtown residents who saw the deer roaming the neighborhood.

"I can't remember ever getting a call of a deer sighting," said Lt. Edgar Martinez, police spokesman.

Elaine Makatura, director of the state Department of Environmental Protection press office, was surprised by the attention the deer-sighting received.

"Biologists in the field would tell you that it's not unusual to find deer anywhere in New Jersey, even Jersey City," she said. "They would tell that it would be more unusual to not ever have a deer-sighting in Jersey City."

Jersey City police and the New York Police Harbor Patrol searched the Jersey side of the Hudson for the deer until it was spotted swimming south toward Governors Island. From there, police tracked the animal as it reached the shore.

hbcat
December 2nd, 2009, 03:11 AM
I had no idea that a deer could swim that far. It's not so surprising that there are deer in the NYC area, but that the critter could swim the Hudson to Governor's Island amazes me. I wonder if they have him on suicide watch in Staten Island.

NYatKNIGHT
December 2nd, 2009, 09:59 AM
I am doubtful that using scarce and expensive resources for the effort of tranquilizing this deer is worth it. Why not just let it be?

User Name
December 2nd, 2009, 10:08 AM
I am doubtful that using scarce and expensive resources for the effort of tranquilizing this deer is worth it. Why not just let it be?
Because it is good PR for the city - "Look at the cute deer we saved, we love stuff. You should like us more than you do."

lofter1
December 2nd, 2009, 11:22 AM
That's no baby deer -- he's a big strong buck -- check out that rack.

hbcat
December 3rd, 2009, 03:46 AM
I am doubtful that using scarce and expensive resources for the effort of tranquilizing this deer is worth it. Why not just let it be?

Because it was the humane thing to do.

NYatKNIGHT
December 3rd, 2009, 10:14 AM
I'm sure you're right about the intentions, but is it really the humane thing to do? Everyone is so positive it couldn't survive another swim, that only their intervention could save this animal (as though the city is SO protective of wildlife). We don't give them enough credit; left to their own devices wildlife usually does better without human intervention. I'd argue it's more humane to just let it be than to traumatize it by chasing it with helicopters, shooting it with tranquilizers, and relocating it to Staten Island of all places. And let's face it, it's a trophy 15 miles away.

It's really just another example of going absurdly overboard whenever any unusual wildlife is spotted.

Jasonik
December 3rd, 2009, 01:43 PM
Mother nature herself would wither away if not for the benevolent interventions of government. To suggest otherwise is blasphemous of the unquestionably invaluable technocratic high priests who selflessly serve and manage every living thing for its own good.

stache
December 10th, 2009, 03:55 AM
-- check out that rack.

lofter, is this a new side to your persona? :D