HOBOKEN, NJ - A pair of White-tailed Deer took a gamble on a gambol through Hoboken early Sunday morning, as they were spotted heading southbound near 10th & Garden Streets.
Resident James Aibel snapped a pic of the duo as they hoofed it around Hoboken. The City had made the move to open up nearby Adams Street to bicycles and pedestrians, but these two decided to stick with the bike lane a few blocks away.
According to Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante, "We received several calls about them running around, with the last call around 10:00 a.m. indicating that they were at 15th & Madison."
Callers seemed concerned about the safety of the deer.
"Officers called Game & Wildlife and were told they are free and fine to roam," said Ferrante. "They would only come if either of the deer were injured. They definitely appeared fine running around all over town."
The deer are the latest in a flurry of fauna reasserting themselves in the local ecosystem, as deer, hawks, eagles and even seals have made their way into the densely populated urban enclave of Hoboken. Quarantine conditions due to COVID-19 have seen a significant reduction in the human footprint, allowing these animals a chance to fill the vacuum.
To date, there have been no dangerous interactions between two-legged and four-legged/feathered residents. These are certainly strange, wild times...
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