Crews rescue deer that had fallen into large construction hole


It was hardly a typical Saturday for residents on East End Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Regent Square neighborhood, as word quickly spread that a deer had fallen down a large hole in the middle of the road.”When it first went down, it was like fighting, ” Said Tracy Baton, a neighbor who saw the deer fall into the hole. “Now he’s a little quieter and down there looking pretty sad. And it’s broken off an antler.”Baton, whose house is just steps away from the construction zone where crews are repairing a sewage line, said she saw the deer barreling down the street as she was answering the door for a solicitor. “I said, ‘Are we both awake?'” she said. “‘Are you dreaming? Am I dreaming?'”Baton was soon joined by other neighbors who peered into the hole from a safe distance. A representative with the Pennsylvania Game Commission — along with local firefighters — eventually joined police officers and animal control agents on scene.”This is a fluid process,” said Matt Kramer with the PA Game Commission. “We’re going to get to Goal A, work towards Goal B, and hopefully get to C and D. That’s further down the line.”The process included sedating the deer, before strapping it up and loading it onto a deer rack. The next step: relocating the deer somewhere safe.Other neighbors, who did not want to appear on camera, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Mike Valente that they hope this story helps expedite the speed at which work is being done on the road. They pointed out the old infrastructure in the area — which is close to the site of the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse — and stressed soon that they want things fixed as possible.

It was hardly a typical Saturday for residents on East End Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Regent Square neighborhood, as word quickly spread that a deer had fallen down a large hole in the middle of the road.

“When it first went down, it was like fighting,” said Tracy Baton, a neighbor who saw the deer fall into the hole. “Now he’s a little quieter and down there looking pretty sad. And it’s broken off an antler.”

Baton, whose house is just steps away from the construction zone where crews are repairing a sewage line, said she saw the deer barreling down the street as she was answering the door for a solicitor.

“I said, ‘Are we both awake?'” she said. “‘Are you dreaming? Am I dreaming?'”

Baton was soon joined by other neighbors who peered into the hole from a safe distance. A representative with the Pennsylvania Game Commission — along with local firefighters — eventually joined police officers and animal control agents on scene.

“This is a fluid process,” said Matt Kramer with the PA Game Commission. “We’re going to get to Goal A, work towards Goal B, and hopefully get to C and D. That’s further down the line.”

The process included sedating the deer, before strapping it up and loading it onto a deer rack. The next step: relocating the deer somewhere safe.

Other neighbors, who did not want to appear on camera, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Mike Valente that they hope this story helps expedite the speed at which work is being done on the road. They pointed out the old infrastructure in the area — which is close to the site of the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse — and stressed soon that they want things fixed as possible.

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