Deer romps on Annapolis streets

July 04, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A small deer shook up downtown Annapolis residents yesterday when it bounded down city streets and leaped over fences as it was being tailed by police officers.

About 6 p.m., residents of a neighborhood near St. John's College and the Naval Academy spotted the deer, not a common sight so near the City Dock.

Causing no damage -- except to the ego of a neighborhood German shepherd -- the deer ran through the car-packed streets and eluded officers.

"What's a deer doing in the middle of downtown Annapolis?" asked a puzzled Bill Schaffner, 23, who lives in the first block of East St. Schaffner had gone outside to check on his German shepherd, Samantha, who barked frantically when the deer hopped over a 4-foot fence, took off down the street and turned right at a stop sign at East and Prince George streets.

"Samantha climbed up over the fence and hid under a car. She's so embarrassed," said Schaffner's wife, Mickey Schaffner.

They had never seen or heard of a deer in the neighborhood, she said.

Deer tend to be as frightened of people as people are of them, said Bob Graham, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources. The greatest danger to them would be traffic, he said. They usually are looking for food when they go into urban areas, Graham said.

Brice Goodwin was visiting a friend in the 100 block of Prince George St. when he heard the sound of hoofs.

"The sound just didn't register," said Goodwin, who quickly ran to get his friend. "It was so weird. You just usually don't have wildlife running up Prince George Street."

Goodwin said the confused animal ran down the street, hesitating at each intersection, toward St. John's. Police, he said, were not far behind.

The deer was last spotted on Maryland Avenue.

Pub Date: 7/04/96

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