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Utah Deer Dies After Mounting Moving Motorcycle

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) – Authorities say a Utah deer was mortally wounded after she mounted a moving sport bike during rush hour.

Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Scott Peck says the doe dashed into traffic about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and leaped onto the motorcycle.

Peck says the 19-year-old rider was knocked off and slid about 100 yards, while the bike kept going for about 300 yards.

The deer was disemboweled by the impact, fell from the motorcycle almost instantly and later succumbed to her injuries.

Police say the rider was wearing protective gear and appeared to suffer little more than road rash.

Officers say they see about 50 deer-related accidents a year in Cottonwood Heights as the animals migrate through nearby mountains. But Peck said a deer mounting a bike was “kind of a first.”

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