- No Metro for you, Bambi. (Photo: flickr/lisaw123)
This week, WMATA faced off against one tough customer — a deer.
The Green Line experienced delays Monday evening due to a deer that wandered onto the tracks, apparently near Prince Georges Plaza. Deer are especially near and dear to all our hearts lately thanks to Bob Barker's plea for deer safety. I'd never imagined Bambi on the Metro tracks before, but the notion certainly made sense once I considered it. I called Metro to see if the transit agency had more details.
I mean seriously! A deer! How does that even happen? You got some 'splaining to do #wmata!
"It does happen occasionally," WMATA's information specialist Cathy Asato told me. Deer live in the wooded areas near the surface-level Metro tracks, and every now and then, they grow curious about what those WMATA trains really are. Sometimes they investigate too closely. Asato remembers one time at what she believes was Addison Road Metro station when a deer actually got as far as the platform and escalators before darting back into the trees. It was during a snowy winter season, so people wryly joked that a reindeer was on the loose.
WMATA spokesperson Dan Stessel expanded on the question of deer and confirmed that a deer had walked onto the Green Line tracks this week. But the deer wasn't struck by a train on Monday, he said. The animal was just curious.
"It happens from time to time — on the Green Line, especially," Stessel said.