Fear not, Wesleyan. The deer head that appeared on the Church Street stop sign (in between Exley and Clark) two nights ago is taxidermic and not a “fresh deer head.” The origins of the stuffed deer are still unknown. It is currently in the possession of the Middletown Police, after being put into a doggie bag “like leftover brisket.”
P-Safe Director Dave Meyer tells it like it is: “It appears to have been a stuffed deer head. Someone put it on the stop sign in the middle of the street. The cops were alerted and picked it up. I don’t really know much about it.”
“All I can tell you is that the deer head is not real,” a different P-Safe officer told me over the phone. “Since it was on a stop sign in the middle of the street, the deer head is now in possession of the Middletown Police.” Whether a taxidermied deer qualifies as “real” or “not real” is up to you.
The appearance of the deer head (let’s call it Bambi) has resulted in a large amount of traffic for Wesleying—over 2,000 hits in less than 12 hours. Like other Wesleyan students, I feel that the only thing I can really say in a bizarre situation like this is keep Wes weird.
I called Middletown Police to try and get more information. Unfortunately, the officer who was on duty during the incident was not available. However, I was able to speak with a desk sergeant. He found the case I was looking for, but was only able to vaguely tell me that “it doesn’t really say in the report whether or not it was a stuffed deer’s head.” After asking him for more information, he told me that I (or actually anyone) could go to the station and get a copy of the report. So, if you’re interested in possibly finding out more about the deer, go ahead and stroll down to the Middletown Police Records Division (for a small fee).
Here are some of the more hysteria-driven and entertaining comments posted the night of the incident:
Farewell, Bambi. You will be missed.