It was an unusual sight in Sudbury's downtown core Friday morning. A young doe cornered herself under the staircase in the YMCA parking lot.
One woman told Sudbury.com that her fiancé saw the deer walking around in Memorial Park around 6:30 a.m. before it found a safe spot under the staircase.
The deer attracted a bit of a crowd but everyone was mindful not to spook the frightened animal.
Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) arrived at the scene around 10:45 a.m. and determined a tranquillizer dart would be the safest way to relocate the deer.
After being darted, the deer ran off into Memorial Park and eventually fell asleep safely near a tree.
The MNRF will transport the doe to a safe location where she will be released back into the wild without injury.