MINNEAPOLIS - As lockmaster at the Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls Dam, Mike DeRusha sees lots of boats and barges come and go.
But these days, most of the attention is focused on something that doesn't go far at all.
Last Friday Derusha noticed a majestic 8-point buck stuck inside a fenced-in enclosure on the grounds of Lock and Dam number 2. He figures the deer got there by swimming the river and simply coming ashore in the wrong spot. The secure area is about ten yards deep and as long as a city block, a parcel of land that's not especially expansive...at least by deer standards.
For the past five days the buck has made the enclosure an urban oasis of sorts, and seems to be getting used to it.
"I came out here to check and see if he was still there and he was laying down under one of the trees just relaxing," DeRusha said. "He was watching me on the lock wall and couldn't have cared less about the cars and traffic behind it."
The deer has plenty of grass, leaves and water to make sure its fed and hydrated. He is feeding the curiosity of urban neighbors, who have never seen anything like it.
"I've seen him for 3 days in a row now," exclaimed a neighbor named Rebecca. "There have been dogs going up to him, he was right up by the fence eating the other day."
While the buck appears to be safe, animal control officials are anxious to see him get back to his normal routine. They will attempt to open a gate Tuesday night and carefully flush the buck out, so he can return to his more familiar habitat.
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