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Deer damages Crystal Lake condo

(Lauren M. Anderson - landerson@shawmedia.com)
Nick Falco, an employee of Four Colonies Condominiums in Crystal Lake, cleans off deer blood after an adult doe tried to run through a door Tuesday. The 200-pound deer was able to smash through the bedroom window of condo number 12. McHenry County Animal Control was called to the scene and were unsuccessful in sedating the animal. Crystal Lake police then evacuated the adjacent condos and shot the deer with a 12-gauge shotgun.

CRYSTAL LAKE – Police had to shoot an injured deer that jumped through a window into a Crystal Lake condominium Tuesday morning.

Police were called to Four Colonies Condominiums, 740 St. Andrews Lane, shortly before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a frenzied deer trying to get into several units there, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Gene Lowery said.

The animal had been in the courtyard of the building and may have been attempting to get out, Four Colonies resident Scott Vetter said.

“It was banging and smashing around, running back and forth,” Vetter said. “I went out there to try to get the deer away, but then decided that wasn’t a good idea.”

Blood could be seen on a partially shattered glass door at the entrance to one of the building’s lobbies and several other places throughout the courtyard.

The 200-pound female deer eventually broke through a window into the bedroom of Unit 12. No one was in the condo at the time. Police said the unit was being renovated.

“It was very bloody,” said Bob Bergland of Northwest Property Management in Crystal Lake.

Blood was splattered all over the bedroom walls, and there was a large hole in part of the drywall, said Debra Quackenbush, spokeswoman for the McHenry County Department of Health. McHenry County Animal Control was called to the scene to assist police and fire officials.

Officials said the deer posed a safety risk to itself and the public and couldn’t be safely sedated and removed from the unit.

Animal Control veterinarian Lisa Lembke had recommended the animal be euthanized, Quackenbush said.

The deer had serious injuries to its head and legs, she added.

Police evacuated adjacent units and shot the deer, which was later removed and disposed of by Animal Control officials, Lowery said.

Rutting, or mating, season for deer is several weeks away and usually starts toward the end of October. Animal Control officials believe the deer couldn’t find its way out of the courtyard and became scared, Quackenbush said. She called Tuesday’s incident “uncommon.”

Four Colonies Condominiums backs up to the Crystal Lake Country Club.


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