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130-Pound Buck Runs Amok in Supermarket

October 18, 2005

READING, Pa. (AP) _ A 130-pound deer crashed through the front window of a supermarket and ran amok for more than an hour before it was tranquilized by state game officials and removed. No one was hurt.

The eight-point buck emerged from a wooded area, struck a parked tow truck and then jumped through the window of a Weis supermarket in Exeter Township, Berks County, around 5:15 p.m. Monday.

It ran past a cash register to the rear of the store, crashed through the meat-counter display case and then headed toward the bread aisle at the other end of the store.

Two game officers and four Exeter police barricaded the deer with shopping carts, and shot it with tranquilizer darts. Weis officials reopened the store Monday night.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Supervisor Jack Lincoln said the deer would be euthanized because of the chemicals used to tranquilize it.

``We can’t take the chance of a hunter harvesting and eating that meat,″ he said.

Deer become more active this time of the year because they are entering their mating season.

Cashier Kelsey Bracken said she was grateful she wasn’t at her cash register at the time.

``I would have died,″ Bracken said. ``It ran right through (register) five.″


Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/

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