NEW YORK – New York state is relocating a headline-grabbing deer that took up residence in New York City.
The buck drew crowds for about two weeks at Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem. Some residents called it "J.R."
It was captured at a public housing complex Thursday and was taken to an animal shelter.
City officials said Friday that despite their concerns about the life-threatening stress of travel on the animal, they are handing it over to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for a trip upstate. The city Parks Department had said euthanasia would be more humane.
Department spokesman Sean Mahar said state officials want to do everything they can to save the deer. The state is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to safely relocate the animal.