MORRISVILLE, Vt. (WCAX) What started as a typical day in a Morrisville woodworking shop unexpectedly turned wild!
Paul Green found himself face to face with a doe inside Donald P. Blake Jr. Inc.
"My first thought was I need to get out of here, I don't wanna get run into a by a wild deer," Green said. "So I walked over toward the door, ran out the door actually."
When Green ran out, the deer crashed through the shop window.
"And ran back across the parking lot and jump in another window here," Green said.
Moments later, a fawn ran in.
"Obviously looking for his mother and I spent 30, 40 seconds trying to get that deer directed out of here before it jumped through any other windows or anything like that," Green said.
The baby took off into the nearby woods.
Meanwhile, the mama deer had been "working out" in the exercise room, scratching walls and the television before hurtling out of a second window.
"They were home free at that point," Green said.
Unfortunately, this story doesn't have a happy ending. Office manager Kathy Stokes was sitting in her car outside when the doe finally raced off.
"I look in my rearview mirror and I saw the mother dear heading for the bypass and she got hit by a dump truck and killed," Stokes said.
While tragic, Stokes said she wasn't surprised it happened.
"I think with youth hunting, the deer were probably stirred up, you know, moving around in their habitat, smelling humans everywhere. They were probably just looking for a different place to be where they could be safe. For a mama and her baby, that's what they do this time of year," Stokes said.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife agrees.
"I expect people are going to see a lot more deer, particularly in their front and backyards... near their homes. Those are the places we tend to have too many deer right now, is close to where people live in large part because hunters don't want to or can't hunt there," said Nick Fortin, a deer biologist with Vermont Fish and Wildlife.