It's window-crashing season for deer.
A deer – or perhaps two different deer – smashed through two building windows in separate incidents in Eau Claire over the weekend.
Resident Jeanette Lane said she was watching TV on her couch and enjoying a chicken dinner on Sunday when a deer jumped through her window, the Eau Claire Leader Telegram reports. She fled outside while the deer ran around inside, leaving a blood trail on a 10-minute tour of the house before it escaped out the window it had entered, the newspaper reported.
A short time earlier, a small buck crashed through a window at a Clarion Hotel in Eau Claire and ran around a conference room before escaping, WEAU-TV reported.
It's not unheard of for disoriented deer to crash through windows. A few months ago, a deer crashed through a Moorhead church window, and preschoolers were evacuated. No one was hurt, although the deer was tranquilized and ultimately did not survive.
A number of panicked deer crashed into windows and doors at a Moorhead shopping mall last year.
Last fall, a deer crashed through a campus building window at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, leaving a trail of blood and causing an estimated $5,500 in damage.
Deer are more likely to crash through windows – and be involved in collisions with cars – during the fall mating season, one wildlife expert told the Daily Messenger in New York state. The organization's newsroom office was crashed by a deer in 2011.