Friendly urban deer boasting its own Twitter handle killed by car in Vancouver

The downtown deer (Credit: Kevin Eastwood)

VANCOUVER — The little deer that wandered through downtown Vancouver, enchanting bystanders and causing traffic mayhem, has apparently been hit and killed by a car.

Police say they were called to the Vancouver end of the Lions Gate Bridge around 7:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving a call that a deer had been struck by a car and killed.

Sgt. Randy Fincham says the animal was removed from the road before officers arrived.

Stanley Park Ecological Society executive director Patricia Thomson says the social deer was only one of two seen in the park since the 1960s — although there's no firm confirmation it was the deer that was killed.

The young buck became a social media star with its own Twitter account after being spotted wandering the streets of downtown Vancouver in July, and fawning fans spent the summer posting photos of the animal.

Thomson says there have been concerns the curious creature was too habituated to humans and lacked fear of people or vehicles.

The Canadian Press

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