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A tame deer named Spike, or Panther by some, continues to go up to homes and onto decks, making friends. The DNR is concerned it could become a public safety issue. (Submitted photo)

DNR concerned tame deer will be safety issue

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A yearling deer that made friends with a 9-year-old earlier this spring continues to make friends on the west side of Park Rapids.

But the Department of Natural Resources has also received complaints about the deer and officials are concerned it could be a public safety issue.


Landon Rush, who lives on 190th Street west of Park Rapids, said he has seen the deer - which he thinks is the same animal that showed up on Eagle Pointe Drive this spring - for about the past week.

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