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Deer In Blue Line Snarl Had To Be Euthanized, Officials Say

November 13, 2018 - 5:53 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A deer on the CTA tracks that temporarily stopped Blue Line train service earlier this week had to be put down because of its significant injuries, city animal-control officials said Tuesday.

Emergency officials responded around 2 p.m. Monday to reports of an animal on the tracks near the Harlem stop. Service along the northernmost stops of the Blue Line was disrupted while authorities tranquilized and removed the deer, which was alive.

On Tuesday, the Department of Animal Care and Control announced the bad news, that the deer didn’t make it.

“Following a medical evaluation by the shelter's veterinary staff and in conjunction with wildlife best practices, it was determined that because of multiple fractures, severely broken back leg, open wounds and low likelihood of survival in the wild, the safest and most humane option was euthanization,” a department spokeswoman said in a prepared statement.