Fallout grows over slow downtown roadkill response from city - KMOV.com

Fallout grows over slow downtown roadkill response from city

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A deer hit downtown Friday still has city residents talking Monday. After police were called about a deer carcass on Memorial Drive, they were shocked to find it there 24 hours later when they went to investigate a shooting in the same area. 

Now, the fallout from the slow response is growing.
 
On KMOX, Charlie Brennan worried about the message being sent to visitors. 
 
"Can you imagine being from Des Moines, visiting St. Louis for the first time, walking into a restaurant and having to step over a deer, coming out stepping over it again across from the one of the most famous tourist attractions in the United States?" he asked. 
 
City officials attribute the amount of time to a communication mix-up. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says he found out about the deer on Saturday and immediately called the Streets Department. By then, MoDOT had been called and because Memorial Drive is technically a state road, they took care of the deer.
 
"Im guessing one lieutenant told somebody who told a somebody to call and they called the wrong place or they didn't call," Rainford said. "We didn't get any calls," he added. He also said no one from the Mayor's Office new about the problem until Saturday. 
 
The Mayor's Office plans to work with police to develop a protocol so all 1,300 officers know who to call if a similar situation arises. 

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