The saga of a single-antlered deer in Harlem just ended tragically

  • The saga of a single-antlered deer in Harlem just ended tragically

The saga of a single-antlered deer in Harlem just ended tragically

His place of residence was a stone's throw from a bodega and a subway entrance, the New York Times reported.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a radio interview Friday morning the best option for the deer was to be put down because it wouldn't survive after relocation.

His name was "J.R." and he sparked an unusual and surprisingly heated back and forth between New York City's mayor and New York's governor, but now he's dead.

The mild-mannered buck, which endeared itself to neighborhood locals, will be euthanized due to state regulations that make it illegal to transport a deer across county lines.

"NYPD captured the deer after learning it was within a fenced off area in a residential development and posing a risk to public safety", City Hall spokeswoman Natalie Grybauskas told Patch".

James Allen, spokesperson for Governor Cuomo, said, "Over the last day, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation advised the City of New York that there are alternatives to euthanasia that they can consider, including relocation".

The deer remained Friday in a Harlem facility where the veterinarians were refusing to kill the creature, a source told the Daily News.

Predictably, that triggered outcry among animal welfare advocates and ordinary fans of the #HarlemDeer, as he had become known on social media.

So now it appears that Mayor de Blasio has (deer) blood on his hands.

A young buck that found its way somehow to a city park in Manhattan died in captivity today after city and state Department of Environmental Conservation officials wrangled this week about what to do about it.

Then, as experts had predicted, the deer died, lending credence to de Blasio's position that euthanizing it would have been the most humane course of action.

The DEC's own policy does warn against relocating deer. Less than two hours later, as reporters gathered outside the Harlem animal shelter to witness the transfer, Mahar broke the sad news. "Disorientation, trauma, injury and death are all possible results of relocating, and relocated deer have very low long-term survival rates", Sarah Aucoin, chief of Wildlife and Education for the city's Department of Parks and Recreation, said in a statement. The state, however, blamed the city for its delay in accepting the offer to transport the deer until Friday.

The Harlem deer will find a new home upstate.

The controversy over one deer is just the latest in a series of incidents highlighting the tense relationship between de Blasio and Cuomo, who have feuded openly in the past year.