Deer Dies After Getting Stuck in Queens Schoolyard
BAYSIDE — A deer trapped and disoriented after wandering into a Queens high school yard Wednesday morning has died, police and city animal officials said.
The deer, a young buck, was first spotted at the Corporal Kenendy Street side of Bayside High School around 9:20 a.m., sources said.
The deer then started roaming the school grounds, moving from 3224 Corporal Kennedy Street to a play area near 32nd Avenue and 208th Street, witnesses said.
Though the deer entered the area without incident, he appears to have been unable to figure out how to exit, witnesses said.
"It jumped over the fence and got into the school yard," said a staffer who refused to be named.
The deer then began repeatedly ramming against a fence, eventually breaking his legs, police at the scene said.
"The deer was deceased when we arrived. He was a young buck. Not sure where he came from," Animal Care and Control spokesman Richard Gentles said in an email.
It was not immediately clear what caused the deer's death.
Neighborhood residents said that they had never seen deer in the area.