A herd of deer caused traffic delays on Highway 441 in Cherokee, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.
Several dozen animals took to the road and slowly moved along it, periodically changing direction and crossing the roadway. It is reported that drivers were even forced to stop traffic for a while. A highway patrol came to the aid of both motorists and deer, who monitored the safety of a part of the highway.
Local resident Dean Cloer took a video from his car, which shows how slowly the deer wander along the road, interfering with the drivers of cars. Then the animals turn into the parking lot and head to the green lawns near the houses.
Wapiti deer are indigenous to these areas, but their population declined due to over-hunting by European settlers in the late 1700s. The National Park Service began repopulating deer in the region in 2001. Now these animals are under national protection and often visit people, entering cities located near nature reserves.
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