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Police kill deer in Mpls. parking lot after 4 shots

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Minneapolis police finally killed a yearling deer that had wandered into a city parking lot after a prolonged ordeal for the officers, witnesses – and the animal – that lasted 30 to 45 minutes, the Star Tribune reported.

The deer at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday found its way into the vacant, weedy downtown lot at 8th Street and Portland Avenue S., the newspaper reported. Officers deemed it a public safety threat, worried that the animal might leap into traffic, the Star Tribune reported. Police could not quickly locate a tranquilizer gun, the newspaper reported.

Officers shot the deer twice but it bounced back up, and for a while, would not settle down enough for them to take another shot, the Star Tribune reported. Finally, a third shot put the deer down, and a fourth shot killed it, the newspaper reported.

A recent PBS special, "The Private Life of Deer," explores the growth of the animal population and how deer are increasingly interacting with humans in urban settings.

Those interactions often make the local – and sometimes international – news. Among the most recent examples is a deer that crashed through the window of a city bus in Johnstown, Pa., and scrambled around inside until the driver was able to pull over and open the door for the animal to escape.

There are roughly 30 million deer in North America. Deer hit 1.23 million vehicles between July 2011 and June 2012, according to State Farm Insurance statistics, Yahoo! Autos reported.

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