Last deer returns to Look Park after escaping enclosure

By EMILY CUTTS

@ecutts_HG

Published: 04-11-2017 10:30 AM

FLORENCE — The last of three missing Look Park deer returned home Monday, exhausted but otherwise OK after three-pl days outside the park, a park official said.

“Our last deer that was running around was Fannie,” said Sebastian Ross, operations coordinator for Look Park.

At some point Thursday evening, Northampton police said, a tree at Look Park fell and left an escape route open in one of the deer enclosures. On Friday morning, when park staff realized the deer were gone, they enlisted the help of city police.

Northampton police searched the area and used the department’s drone for the first time in an effort to locate the missing deer. They were unsuccessful.

Ross said that Fannie had been waiting around the enclosure, but every time they tried to corral her into the gate she would run away at the last minute.

Using marshmallows to lure the other deer towards the entrance, Ross said Fannie eventually was persuaded to join the others.

The park posted on its Facebook page shortly before 1 p.m. Monday that all the deer were back in their enclosure.

“Thank you everyone for helping with our search!! They are exhausted from their weekend full of adventure and are now resting happily,” the post read.

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Two other deer had escaped, Ellie and Frankie, while a fourth deer, Maggie, remained in an enclosure. One returned Saturday while the other returned Sunday.

“They all were spotted resting together,” Ross said. “(They are) all exhausted after running around all weekend.”

Ross said the deer stayed within close range of the park having been spotted inside the park as well as near Leeds Elementary School.

This isn’t the first time the deer have gotten out, Ross said. He added that they tend to wander back when they get hungry and sit by the gate waiting.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.

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