A deer that somehow roamed into downtown Nashville Saturday morning may have been in bad health, disoriented or both, Metro Animal Care and Control Director Judy Ladebauche said Tuesday.
The deer accessed the gated area securing the Howell Place residential building on Rolling Mill Hill. It is unclear how the animal eventually escaped from the property, which sits between Second and Third avenues and overlooks downtown's skyscrapers.
Ladebauche said the incident likely represents the first in years in which a deer roamed only a few blocks from the city’s bustling Central Business District.
“You wonder what would have enticed it to go into downtown,” she said.
Ladebauche said if the deer were disoriented and hungry, its venturing into downtown might not be so surprising.
“They will go wherever they think there is a source of food,” she said.
Curt Wallen, who lives in nearby SoBro high-rise Encore, said he and a few other folks spotted the deer at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
“It was almost surreal in that setting,” Wallen said. “The deer was obviously disoriented and alone. I was just thankful there was a high fence at Third. Otherwise, the deer might have leapt into traffic, putting citizens in danger.”
Apex Ventures manages Howell Place. Tennille McVetty, an Apex property manager, said no residents had reported the incident as of Tuesday morning.
“That is very interesting,” McVetty said. “Everything downtown is concrete.”