A striking view from Kalmthout last night. Some residents noticed a red deer around 4 am that was taking a leisurely stroll through the center. The animal eventually disappeared in the woods in the vicinity of the Kalmthoutse Heide.
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The incident happened around 4 a.m. Tuesday night. “We received several reports from local residents and passers-by who had seen a large deer walking in the center of Kalmthout,” says Patrick De Smedt of the local police Grens.
Based on those reports, the police were able to map the suspected route of the red deer. The animal came from the vicinity of Wildert and thus the Kalmthoutse Heide towards the IJzerenwegstraat and the Statiestraat, and then turned around. “At De Greef, our teams tried to make contact with the deer, but the beast reacted timidly and fled into the woods again,” said De Smedt.
Lucas Bergmans, forester at the Agency for Nature and Forests, also saw the remarkable images. “It is a red deer that has almost certainly escaped somewhere,” he says. In Flanders, the red deer only occurs in the Voer region or very sporadically on the border with Dutch Limburg.
That the animal has just now escaped is not so surprising in itself. “It is the rutting season or mating season, in which the red deer goes in search of congeners,” Bergmans clarifies.