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Deer snarls downtown Raleigh traffic

Posted October 14, 2009

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— A deer jumped off a downtown parking deck into rush-hour traffic shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The deer died on impact with the pavement near the intersection of McDowell and Martin streets, police said.

No vehicles or pedestrians were injured in the incident. Police were able to remove the deer's carcass and get traffic moving again by 7:45 a.m.


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  • lizard Oct 16, 2009

    If the animals are that stupid not to move to another patch of trees and can't tell the difference between trees and buildings then Charles Darwin said they're toast anyway. Don't worry about it. And please don't suggest that we need to do something to put another builder, carpenter, plumber, electrician, etc. with a family out of a job for a idiot deer that can't even push a button for an elevator.

  • Professor Oct 14, 2009

    As long as the forest and woods are cleared for housing, etc. the deer and other animals are going to come into town, housing area and streets. Animals don't know. But man do. Why continue to destroy the only home the animals know. When man do, where are the animals to go?

  • hollylama Oct 14, 2009

    "How did it get downtown?"....I'm sure it was thinking..."who put these buildings here?"

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 14, 2009

    Good one about the deer hunter.

    "The poor thing must have been terrified and trying to find a way out of an unfamiliar place. How sad."

    Sounds like us the day after Obama was elected.

  • froggytroat Oct 14, 2009

    I drive to Creedmoor at 5 in the morning and sit in a stand all day, and still haven't killed one. Go downtown, and they're jumping off the dang buildings. Go figure, guess that's my luck.

  • Frank Downtown Oct 14, 2009

    I live less then a mile from there and I see atleast one deer every night in the yard.

  • 007KnightRider Oct 14, 2009

    "I work within a couple of blocks of this and the funny thing is, I work with a guy who goes hunting as much as he can....but hasn't been able to take one down this year and here we are downtown with them jumping off buildings! LOL" -dwntwnboy

    This cracked me up, lol.

  • nufsaid Oct 14, 2009

    "You know the economy's bad when the deer start committing suicide.
    Justin T."

    It would be great if the homesteading Canadian Geese would follow suit.

  • ncsudan Oct 14, 2009

    He did not want to pay the parking fee, obviously.

  • Moth Ball Oct 14, 2009

    Evidently a casuality of the bad economy - he ran out of doe.