From there, accounts of the deer’s movements diverge. Leblanc said he saw police catch up to the animal on Winthrop Street, then follow it down the street and out of his view. Police say their last interaction with the animal was actually on Broad Street.
Lt. James Walker confirmed early yesterday afternoon that police didn’t know where the deer had gone, but said the calls about it had died down.
“I think he’s bunkered down somewhere,” said Walker.
By afternoon, photos of the deer were circulating on social media websites like Facebook, and even Mayor Kim Driscoll had rebroadcast one via Twitter.
The incident brought to mind previous instances where wild animals made their way downtown, including the time a woodchuck walked into a store on Derby Street last year, and when police caught a coyote in a parking lot on Lynde Street in 2008.
In 2004 a deer made its way downtown and knocked over a tourist, who suffered a concussion and fractured ribs. Just days later, a deer was struck by a car near the library on Essex Street and later euthanized. It was thought to be the same deer.
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