KALAMAZOO, MI -- To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumored death of this deer was greatly exaggerated.
A Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer found that out early Tuesday morning in the 3700 block of East Cork Street.
Officer David Miller approached a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot behind the hotel at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. A Kalamazoo area man was sitting in the vehicle and the officer started talking with him.
During the discussion, Miller's attention was drawn to the trunk and the man hit the trunk release and told the officer that he had hit a deer and that the officer would want to check it out.
The man stated he had hit the deer, the deer was deceased and he was going to use the meat from the deer to feed his family.
Officer Miller opened the trunk cautiously, but the deer, which was not deceased, sprung from the trunk and took off into the woods.
The deer has not been seen since.