- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) - State environmental conservation officials are defending their decision to kill a deer that was being fed by residents of a rural upstate New York community.

Local media report that conservation officers shot the deer Monday after receiving complaints from residents in Cambridge in Washington county that the animal had been acting aggressive.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the deer was bumping into children at a bus stop. The agency says when its officers tried to get the deer away from a home, the animal kicked at the officers.

The DEC says the deer’s behavior raised concerns that it was rabid, so the officers felt they had no other options but to shoot it.

Some neighborhood residents who had been feeding the deer for months say they’re upset with the DEC’s decision to kill the animal.

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