CTV News, September 14, 2015 – Vancouver’s beloved ‘Downtown Deer’ may have been fatally struckFebruary 22nd, 2016
A deer that made headlines earlier this summer after it was spotted on the streets of downtown Vancouver may have been fatally struck over the weekend.
The so-called “Downtown Deer” first became a social media star after it was spotted strolling down Granville Street in July. It’s believed the animal swam over from the North Shore and later made its home in Stanley Park.
Over the weekend, Vancouver police said a deer was fatally struck on the Stanley Park Causeway, near the Lions Gate Bridge. Police have not confirmed, however, if the animal is the same one that has been delighting tourists and locals in Stanley Park over the past few weeks.
“The animal becomes more and more fearless,” Stanley Park Ecology Society spokesperson Patricia Thomson said last month. “We know that people like to be close to wildlife – we understand that – but it’s not the best thing for the animals at all.”
Officials warned that as the deer became more comfortable with humans, the likelihood of it wandering onto roads or into more populated areas could increase.
Photos of the deer have been widely shared on social media over the summer, with many using the hashtag #downtowndeer.
A Twitter account was also created on the deer’s behalf.
A young deer wanders through Vancouver’s downtown core the morning of July 21, 2015. (CTV)