Oh Deer … Spotted Near Main Road in West Hartford

A deer was spotted Monday afternoon at the intersection of Jessamine Street and Boulevard. Photo courtesy of Scott Phillips

In the middle of Monday afternoon, this deer was wandering around West Hartford.

By Ronni Newton

Wildlife sightings in West Hartford are becoming much more common, but are usually confined to the more rural parts of town near the reservoirs, Wood Pond, or wooded areas.

Suzanne Sayers said this deer seemed quite out of its element, heading up Jessamine Street toward Boulevard in the middle of a warm and sunny Monday afternoon. Her husband, Scott Phillips, snapped a photo when the deer stopped in a yard at the corner of Jessamine and Boulevard.

“There are deer in lots of urbanized areas,” Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) spokesman Dennis Schain said Monday. In most cases they should just be left alone.

“If an animal is injured, or threatening human safety, some action might need to be taken,” he said. The initial call should be made to West Hartford Animal Control (860-570-8818) and they will involve DEEP if appropriate.

Schain said that this particular deer will likely find its way back to an appropriate habitat on its own.

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