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Rosemount deer acts more like a friendly dog, neighbor

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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (KMSP) -

There are plenty of deer in Minnesota, but there's one in Rosemount that isn't behaving like one. Instead, it acts more like a dog and isn't at all afraid to come up to people -- or mimic them.

There have been plenty of sightings over the past few months of the fearless deer that is treating an entire neighborhood like his own personal petting zoo. In May, Amy Borchert was a bit surprised when so few people attended her garage sale -- but the customer that did show surprised her even more.

"It's sniffing all the toys and it's, you know, picking at the dolls," Borchert recalled. "He was just standing 10 feet away and he was looking at me."

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That same docile deer surprised Riley Bawek after a morning run. Neighbors had told Bawek, a deer hunter, about it -- but he admits he didn't believe the story until he saw it with his own eyes. The animal even snuck up on AJ Reyer, who is -- ironically -- a deer hunter.

"it was pretty bizarre," Reyer admitted. "I turned around and here he is, standing there, looking at me."

For months, the deer has domesticated himself in the community. He's posed for pictures and appeared in videos -- and the social butterfly of a Bambi even crashed Reyer's National Night Out celebrations just after the police and firefighters showed up.

"Here comes this deer, walking down the street and walks right up to everybody eating," Reyer recalled. "We had some tables set up here. One of the firefighters turned and said, 'I can't even compete with that.'"

The deer then followed the kids over to the bounce house and even tried to get in. After jumping about for a bit, he crashed like a loyal dog and let neighbors lay in the yard with him. Now, he's become something of a mascot as well as a wildlife anomaly.

No one is sure where the deer came from or where he disappears to, but he never goes too far. The best guess is that he may have been raised on a hobby farm somewhere and was either released or ran off.

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