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PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – Police in Pembroke Pines has issued a safety alert and a warning about a deer that was spotted in the Estate of Pembroke Shores, saying they do not want residents to approach the deer as that could endanger her.
It’s the second incident in a week involving a deer in Pembroke Pines. Police say a week ago, another deer ran out into traffic in the western part of the city on Pines Boulevard and was struck be a vehicle and seriously injured. That deer had to be euthanized.
In this latest case, a witness who saw the deer outside a home on Friday afternoon told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that the deer was a fawn and was a young female. The witness who did not want to identify herself says the deer seemed scared, was shaking, dehydrated and foaming at the mouth.
Police are warning people not to approach the deer as they could cause her to be startled and run through a glass patio door or in to traffic.
The Estates of Pembroke Shores is located south of Pines Boulevard and east of Dykes Road.
Police Captain Al Xiques said residents could leave out containers of water for the deer and open their back gates if they live near water.
Residents at the Estates of Pembroke Shores told D’Oench they would heed the warning from police.
“I don’t think you should approach the deer,” said Gabrielle Mitchelle. “You should leave it alone. It’s a wild animal and you don’t know what it has or what it can bring to you.”
Another neighbor, Martin Berry, said, “I wouldn’t come close to the deer. I would tell my kids not to approach it. It’s a wild animal.”
Tiffany Martinez, another neighbor, said “You just don’t know. A deer can be dangerous. I would put out water and I wouldn’t get close to the deer. I wouldn’t let my children get close to it. But I would try to help it out.”
Police say the Florida Wildlife Center was contacted and will not respond as its efforts usually result in deaths for deer.
Police are urging people to watch the speed limit and be careful if they see the deer.
Both the witness and Capt. Xiques said it was likely the deer may have moved on to another area.