NEW YORK (AP) — Employees at a T.J. Maxx on Staten Island are cleaning up the mess after a deer broke into the store overnight.
The Staten Island Advance reports that the deer broke through the store’s front window and was running around inside when an employee arrived to open the store at around 8 a.m. Saturday.
Police and workers from the city Department of Environmental Conservation removed the deer.
The Advance says the store remained closed later Saturday with a cleanup cart and vacuum cleaner stationed near the entrance.
Elected officials on Staten Island have complained of a growing deer population. They have urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to come up with a deer-management plan.
A 2014 aerial survey found 763 deer on Staten Island.
Information from: Staten Island Advance, http://www.silive.com