Added Jun 10 2011
Tonight I looked out my front window and thought I was seeing things... there was a real, live deer in my neighbor's front yard on the 700 block of West Briar Place. The whole neighborhood and passersby were astonished to see a very tame deer casually eating the neighbor's hosta plants.
Neighbors who live in the building said that the deer has been roaming the neighborhood for a few days now and has been seen eating plants in other neighbors' yards.
Apparently repeated calls to animal control have yielded no results as apparently the deer has given birth to babies that are still unable to walk and nested somewhere in the neighborhood.
If you are walking near Briar Place on Belmont and Halsted, be on the lookout for a fully-grown doe!
The deer appears to be very, very tame... how it ended up in the neighborhood we have no idea. I'm hoping that animal control is able to act soon to prevent the deer from being senselessly killed with the heavy traffic so close on Belmont & Halsted... not to mention injury to pedestrians or drivers.