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Stray deer takes refuge at Lowe's in Grand Forks

Tori Thompson, left, and Officer Heather Hopkins try various methods to coax a young deer out of a shed outside of the Lowe's home improvement store in Grand Forks on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)

There was a surprise in store for shoppers checking out garden sheds Monday at the Grand Forks Lowe’s store: a young deer trapped inside.

At about 10:45 a.m. Monday, someone reported a deer in a shed on display in front of the store. The Grand Forks Police Department arrived on the scene at about 11 a.m. to keep the deer from causing harm to itself or anything else.

It is unclear how the deer, which was injured, got to Lowe’s or how it got hurt.

Employees of Lowe’s blocked the road and diverted traffic in front of the shed, and police officers attempted to draw out the deer with food.               

Sgt. Jay Middleton said the protocol for dealing with wild animals is to put the animal down when it is badly injured. However, he said the deer did not seem to be in a bad enough state to warrant euthanization.

Sgt. Duane Simon said Middleton and a community service officer were able to corral the deer and drove it out to the county before setting it free.

“It was safely released back into the environment,” Simon said.