A driver in Oakland County, Michigan suddenly found themselves hurtling through a pack of stampeding deer in what was likely a near miss for both the driver and the deer.
No one appeared to be injured in the encounter, although one deer bounced off the rear windshield of the car before landing and bounding off.
The vehicle in question was traveling at normal speeds ahead of a police cruiser, which caught the encounter on video with its dashboard camera.
“Another reminder [that] you have to always be in control of your car and not distracted by anything else,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.
The sudden stampede occurred on a quiet, two-lane, rural road. When the animals came out of the forest adjacent to the road and mobbed the car, the car quickly pulled to a stop.
According to the sheriff’s office, per UPI, both the driver and the deer emerged from the incident unharmed.
Rampaging Deer Can Be Dangerous to Driver and Pedestrian Alike
Most people think deer are cute and harmless, but they can be quite dangerous.
In 2017, a rampaging deer wreaked havoc in a Giant store near Manchester, Pennsylvania. According to the York Daily Record, the deer charged through the glass at the entrance to the grocery store and went rampaging through the aisles shortly after 9 p.m. that February.
Robert Beck III was in the store at the time. An experienced hunter, Beck owns about 16 deer which he keeps for their meat. He managed to grab the deer, a doe, around the neck and steer her away from the bakery section – which was full of glass – and toward the front of the store.
Two other shoppers, including another hunter, assisted Beck in leading the deer safely outside. Once there, she made off for the Starbucks, and that was the last they saw of her.
Police officers responding to the scene reminded citizens not to get too close to or try to control a wild animal; there’s too much risk involved, they said. But they lauded Beck’s intervention, which prevented the rampaging deer from causing further damage or injuries.