KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumored death of this deer were greatly exaggerated.

A Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer found that out early Tuesday morning in the 3700 block of East Cork Street.

Officer David Miller approacheda suspicious vehicle in the parkinglot behind the hotel at about 2a.m. Tuesday. A Kalamazoo area man wassitting in the vehicle and the officer started talking with him.

Duringthe discussion, Miller's attention was drawn to the trunk and the manhit the trunk release and told the officer that he had hit a deer andthat the officer would want to check it out.

The man said that the deer was dead and he was going to use the meat to feed his family.

Officer Miller opened the trunk cautiously, but the deer -- which wasnot dead -- sprung from the trunk and took off into the woods.

The deer has not been seen since.

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