A frazzled deer burst out of a swampy area on Adeline Road in Newton Tuesday morning and ran into a 17-year old boy who was walking to Newton South High School at around 7:30 a.m., police said.
The teen was knocked down, but was not injured, said Newton Police Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker. The boy declined to be taken to the hospital.
Police speculated that the deer may have been spooked by a passing car, but the animal did not stick around for questioning. The boy was not identified.
“That was it,” said Apotheker. “The kid went on his way, and the deer went on his way or her way.”
According to the state Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, fall is deer mating season, and bucks will sometimes chase cars across the road.
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