See video: Deer crashes through the doors of Moorhead butcher shop

A deer randomly jumped through the shop's front doors of the shop Saturday morning.

She Said Butcher Shop is pictured at 2103 5th Ave. N. Moorhead.
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MOORHEAD — The She Said Butcher Shop had to close early Saturday, Jan. 7, after a deer crashed through the front doors and wreaked havoc in the shop before leaving just a quickly as it entered.

Owner and butcher Melissa Evans and her daughter were in the rear of the shop around noon Saturday when they heard a loud noise.
Evans was able to look out from her work room just in time to see the deer tumbling back to its way outside.

"It was wild to say the least," Evans said. She later posted the video from security footage to the business's Facebook page .

"A deer decided to come in and warm up but realized it is a butcher shop and high-tailed it right back out," a Facebook post on the business page read. "He caused quite a bit of damage on his way in and out. Hopefully we will be back up and running by Monday but stay tuned for updates."

Evans believes the deer didn't suffer major injuries. She said an outdoor camera caught the deer running back to the woods near the shop, where she likely came from and no blood was left inside the shop. However, some pieces of fur were found along with a head print where the deer ran into the wall after crashing through the doors.


Evans said the shop would be closed the rest of Saturday as they clean up the entry area and assess the damage. While she hopes to reopen by Monday, it was still unclear as of late Saturday afternoon if re-opening could happen that soon. Still, Evans was keeping a sense of humor about the situation.

"The glass just exploded with the speed and force that she came through there. It just sent everything spraying. In the grand scheme of things, it could have been a lot worse," she said. "People can definitely say, 'She's got the freshest meat around.'"

Evans, an experienced butcher and former manager of Hornbacher's and Cash Wise meat departments, fully opened the butcher shop at 2103 5th Ave. N. in Moorhead last January.

The Bismarck native earned a degree in animal sciences, with an emphasis in meat science, from North Dakota State University. She managed the Northport Hornbacher's and later the Moorhead Cash Wise meat departments before a shoulder injury forced her to take a break before becoming a business owner.

She Said Butcher Shop offers fresh cuts of beef and pork and frozen meat bundles. It is usually open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays.

Melissa Evans owns and operates the new She Said Butcher Shop in Moorhead.
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