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Kamikaze deer leaps through two windows

Jason Ferguson
Published: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Two windows on a building on Mt. Rushmore Road in Custer paid the price when a deer jumped through them early last week. The deer was the biggest loser of all in the event, as it was injured so badly it had to be put down.

 

Whether it was spooked or was upset the Quilt Shop was closed is unclear. What is clear is the building at 325 Mt. Rushmore Road felt victim to a furry vandal the morning of Nov. 19.
At around 7:30 a.m., the Custer County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a citizen who saw a doe whitetail deer leap through the bay window of the building, which sits next to Dairy Queen. When deputy Ross Norton arrived on scene, he saw glass strewn about inside the building, and also discovered another shattered window—this one on the east side of the building, where the brazen deer made its escape.
Although the deer made it through the first window with little or no damage it wasn’t so lucky on its way out, as fur and blood was found on that window, and shortly thereafter deputies received a call about a small deer “with its stomach hanging out” a block from where it left the building. Instead of interrogating the deer, deputies did the humane thing by putting the deer down.
Tim Reindl, a realtor with Western Skies Realty, who was working with the sellers to close on the building within two days of the deer event, was able to make sure the windows got fixed before the closing. He also theorized with tongue in cheek that the reindeer might have been trying out for some sort of reindeer games as the holiday season approaches, but forgot it’s the roof, not the windows, he needs to jump to.

Whether it was spooked or was upset the Quilt Shop was closed is unclear. What is clear is the building at 325 Mt. Rushmore Road felt victim to a furry vandal the morning of Nov. 19.

At around 7:30 a.m., the Custer County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a citizen who saw a doe whitetail deer leap through the bay window of the building, which sits next to Dairy Queen. When deputy Ross Norton arrived on scene, he saw glass strewn about inside the building, and also discovered another shattered window—this one on the east side of the building, where the brazen deer made its escape.

Although the deer made it through the first window with little or no damage it wasn’t so lucky on its way out, as fur and blood was found on that window, and shortly thereafter deputies received a call about a small deer “with its stomach hanging out” a block from where it left the building. Instead of interrogating the deer, deputies did the humane thing by putting the deer down.

Tim Reindl, a realtor with Western Skies Realty, who was working with the sellers to close on the building within two days of the deer event, was able to make sure the windows got fixed before the closing. He also theorized with tongue in cheek that the reindeer might have been trying out for some sort of reindeer games as the holiday season approaches, but forgot it’s the roof, not the windows, he needs to jump to.

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