Gone are the days of the occasional squirrel or raccoon found lurking in area neighborhoods. Recently, many towns have been visited by larger, more exotic animals that ignored the line separating nature and civilization.
Children hid, residents conferred in meetings, tranquilizers were loaded, bows and arrows were purchased, and people pulled out their cell phones to take pictures.
Take a look at some of Massachusetts residents’ latest encounters with wild animals.
Most recent: A Newton boy’s walk to school was interrupted on Nov. 19 when a deer burst out of a swampy area on Adeline Road and ran right into him.
The 17-year-old boy was not knocked down but not injured, said Newton police. The deer ran away following the collision.
“That was it,” said Newton Police Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker. “The kid went on his way, and the deer went on his way or her way.”
Note: The attached photo is not of the offending deer.