A lifeguard who leapt into the pool to deal with the animal said the incident surprised the kids, but that nobody was hurt.
Daniel McPartlan has visual proof that Berkeley deer are law-abiding deer, who follow the rules of the road.
Disclaimer: This article contains graphic photographs that some may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.
[Editor’s Note: Several local neighborhood groups have been buzzing recently about problems around their homes related to wildlife. One local resident, Phil Price, offered these tips based on experiences he and his wife, Juliet Lamont, have had in North Berkeley.]
Residents in the Berkeley hills are on the lookout for a doe that appears to be wandering around with an arrow sticking out of her torso.
A doe took her two fawns for a stroll Sunday afternoon on Tacoma Avenue. Lauren Richmond, who took the photographs here, said they appeared to be remarkably relaxed given that they were grazing in a built-up, urban environment.
Violent crime has been decreasing in Berkeley in recent years — that is, when the perpetrators in question are humans. Wildlife is another matter. Two Berkeleyside readers recently reported incidents of deer charging at pedestrians in the Berkeley hills in late May. Animal Services confirms there have been multiple cases.
Update, 11.04.11: There have been no reported sightings of a Muntjac deer according to Berkeley Animal Services. “We have had phone calls, but nobody has said they have seen this deer,” said BACS Officer Stevenson. She added that she had been to César Chávez Park to look for herself and that it is possible that a dog was mistaken for the miniature deer. “It’s a dog park, so there are lots of small four-legged animals. In one way I hope it’s not there. But in another I hope it’s there as I would like to see this deer,” she said.
This is not a joke — last night’s TV news reported on an attack by a lone deer on Berkeley resident Sarah Lopus (left) and her two dogs, Oliver and Lucy, while they were out walking yesterday afternoon.