Monday, May 3, 2010

Fear The Deer, Redefined

Maybe they just wanted to catch the game:
With their state’s NBA team trying to move into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001 on Sunday, a number of basketball fans poured into the Stout Ale House in Menomonie to watch a noon game.

It turns out, fans of the team were not the only ones who wanted to watch the game.

To the shock of everyone in the bar and restaurant, two real bucks – not players, of course, but actual deer – crashed through the front doors of the establishment at about 12:30 p.m.

Two patrons and a Stout Ale House employee were able to wrestle one of the deer to the ground shortly after it entered the building, while the buck made a dash for the eatery’s skyboxes at the south end of the dining room. Stout Ale House General Manager Jay Ouellette and employee Dan Kniess – who is also a University of Wisconsin-Stout student – were able to corner that buck and escort it out of the building.

A surveillance video of the bucks entering the building shows a man who narrowly escapes being hit by the animals. The deer crashed violently through the front doors sending pieces of glass flying in all directions.

“They crashed right into the front door and knocked it right off its hinges,” said Ale House Vice President Dave Burg. “One of the deer appeared to be a little dazed, and two customers were able to wrestle that one to the ground. The other one just took off for the skybox area.”

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