Presque Isle Downs has a deer problem, and it’s so bad it’s canceling races.
Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Presque Isle Downs & Casino experienced yet another deer in the vicinity of the horse track, leading to a cancellation of Monday night’s races.
The Deer were back and held up the start for yesterday's finale at Presque Isle Downs. Backstretch run for Race 8: pic.twitter.com/KVFcIIVqSJ
— Doug Salvatore (@DougieSal) June 25, 2015
Five races were cancelled on June 22 after deer were seen on the track, and on the 24th two deer were running along the outside rail. After the field was thought to have been cleared, another deer showed up on the track.
Bloodhorse.com is reporting that Presque Isle Downs and a local horsemen’s group is seeking the help of the state Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on deer control measures.
“We reached out to (state officials) in trying to find solutions,” said Todd Mostoller, executive director of the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. “We don’t even know what parameters we have to abide by (with wildlife). Can we just shoot them? We don’t know. We may have to cancel racing through (July 2) if there is no immediate solution. They may have to put protocol in place.”
Reports say track officials have yet to identify exactly where the deer are entering the track.