Communications errors blamed for overlooked deer in downtown St. Louis

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | 8:08 a.m. CDT; updated 1:16 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 5, 2012
St. Louis Police officers Sgt. Ernie Church, left, and Dan Peek look at the body of deer that ran through downtown St. Louis and died along Memorial Drive on Friday. Police say the deer was spotted at several downtown locations, including a busy area on Washington Avenue near the convention center and inside a parking garage. The deer eventually ended up on Memorial Drive near the Gateway Arch. Police spokeswoman Katie O'Sullivan said it was struck and killed by a car.

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis officials say communications mistakes are to blame for the failure to remove a dead deer from near the Gateway Arch for a full day.

A deer bounded into the downtown area Friday afternoon. It was seen along busy streets and even inside a parking garage. It eventually ended up on Memorial Drive near the Arch, where it was struck by a car and killed. Police moved it off the roadway to a gravel area along the side of the road.

But the dead deer remained there until Saturday. City streets director Todd Waelterman says his department would have removed the deer immediately but was never notified about it.

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