Classes at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas were interrupted last week when a two-year-old whitetail buck decided to tour the campus.
The buck was first spotted near an intersection off campus around 11:20 a.m. The ASU Police Department was notified shortly thereafter that the buck was butting heads with the administration building. Chief James Adams told the San Angelo Standard-Times that the department’s initial concern was property damage.
“These animals have been known to attack people, and we were concerned for the safety of our students and people walking around,” Adams explained. “As a precaution we did evacuate everyone from the lower floors (of the surrounding buildings).”
The decision to tranquilize the animal was made once Animal Control and Texas Parks & Wildlife arrived. Toby Allen, who put two tranquilizer shots into the estimated 110 to 120 pound animal, told the paper about the darting.
“It took about 10 minutes before he started feeling it,” Allen said. “It took about 15 to 20 minutes before he was approachable.”
The deer was later taken to a better location — not a college campus. But where is this better location exactly? My guess is that the deer followed ASU students to South Padre Island as this week is Spring Break.